A YouTuber recorded his arrival last month when he entered SpaceX’s Starship rocket facility in South Texas and was roaming freely around the venue. No security has prevented him from wandering under SN11, the prototype 16-stage missile that will go off and explode a few days later.
The video was posted on a small YouTube channel called Loco VlogS, run by “Caesar”. Caesar did not respond to numerous emails and direct messages requesting comment.
For space enthusiasts, SpaceX’s vast rocket campus in Texas, a few miles north of the Rio Grande, is a mouth-watering rocket museum held outdoors, home to millions of dollars of technology. Some of them were launched by SpaceX for the Air Force. And NASA. It doesn’t contain the tall walls or the advanced security one would expect from a company to protect sensitive (and possibly dangerous) missile devices.
The development of the Starship, which is central to Elon Musk’s goal of transporting humans and goods to the Moon and Mars, has helped in part. NASA contract worth $ 135 million To help develop its design as part of the agency’s Human Lunar Landing System program.
“NASA takes safety and security very seriously,” said Monica Witt, a spokeswoman for the agency. HLS contracts include requirements for contractors to adequately protect information, software, and hardware. SpaceX informed NASA that it has investigated this accident. “
Caesar entered the rocket site and apparently easily moved SpaceX’s hardware and equipment, recording close-ups of the Starship SN11’s Raptor engines. The video garnered 5 likes and at least 100 dislikes, along with a barrage of comments from angry SpaceX fans, before it was deleted, according to one of them. A different YouTube account Than archive the video. In a classic move on YouTube, Caesar posted an apology video a few days later on April 1.
He said “Yes it was a mistake, yes it was illegal” In the video of the apology. “But in my eyes, at that point, I didn’t really think about it … What crossed my mind was,” Well, I’m never going to have that chance again. “So I went there. Well, it happened.
The Federal Aviation Administration, which regulates launches and launch infrastructure out of concern for public safety, said it was aware of the video and brought SpaceX to its attention.. “Maintaining the physical security of the launch facility is an important aspect of public safety,” a spokesperson said. SpaceX did not respond to a request for comment.
The site has already faced similar security issues. In 2019, A SpaceX fan has been arrested After posting photos of him near another Starship prototype on social media.