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  • If the FAA agrees with SpaceX’s determination, the Falcon 9 could resuming launching. The company has tentative plans to launch both the Starlink 10-4 and Starlink 10-9 missions from its two launchpads in Florida later this week. This would be pending the approval of the FAA, of course.

    That said, SpaceX may have to wait until the investigation is complete before it resumes launching customer and government missions, like the Northrop Grumman Cygnus spacecraft or the Crew-9 astronaut flight.

    Huh, that’s quite interesting. SpaceX essentially has the option to “debug” issues on their own Starlink missions, rather than risking customer payloads. I don’t think any other launch provider has been in this position before.