Where is Bob when you need him.
The FAA launch licence procedure has been dragging out and Pythom missed the April 1st DARPA deadline.
After being preapproved in October and selected by DARPA in December for the technical design, a launch permit from FAA was the third and final step to enter the challenge.
The FAA administrative process has been of Kafkaesque proportions and extremely slow. Simple questions needed to fulfill application steps have been left unanswered for months if answered at all.
More well-funded Space companies spend $100k and up only on consultants to get through the process, a luxury we simply couldn't afford.
That said, handling the bureaucracy is part of building rockets, and we still have things to learn.
Our FAA permit application remains in the works and we will pursue it to learn the ropes and have launch permit in place for the first Pythom rocket flight.
We are now continuing the build of launch vehicle, Mars lander and spaceship.
"This is revenue request, not revenue review" Clip from Jupiter ascending: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPuSkaDJaIc
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