(ORDO NEWS) — SpaceX has informed the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that it plans to apply for licenses for suborbital and orbital launches of its super-heavy rocket-equipped Starship spacecraft from its launch pad in Boca Chica, Texas.
Starship / Super Heavy Goes Beyond Existing Environmental Impact The Statement (EIS) and the decision on the spaceport requires additional environmental analysis in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
The FAA is in the early stages of conducting an environmental review of the SpaceX proposal and developing a public relations plan. FAA intends to soon provide information on the scope of the project. SpaceX is working with the FAA to prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) project that will be subject to FAA assessment and approval.
The Environmental Assessment will enable the FAA to determine the appropriate course of action, as the environmental impact of the proposed action will be significant. It is planned to issue a relaxed regulation that provides for mitigation measures to eliminate the impact of the proposed actions on the environment. The FAA may make a decision during the assessment process or after SpaceX submits a draft of that assessment to the FAA for approval.
To obtain licenses, SpaceX must complete a safety review and develop agreements for a license application in addition to an environmental review.
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