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Complete: Environmental Assessment for SpaceX Launch Licenses at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS), Florida

The FAA is announcing the availability of the Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the SpaceX Launch Licenses at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS), Florida (Final EA and FONSI). The electronic version of the Final EA and FONSI is available on this website for download.

Under the Proposed Action addressed in the Environmental Assessment (EA), FAA would:

  • Issue launch licenses to SpaceX for the Falcon 9 and the Falcon Heavy from Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) Launch Complex 40 (LC-40).
  • Issue reentry licenses to SpaceX for the Dragon vehicle.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) prepared a Draft Environmental Assessment for SpaceX Falcon Launches at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) (Draft EA) for public review. SpaceX is applying to FAA for launch licenses to launch the Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy from KSC Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) and CCAFS Launch Complex 40 (LC-40). SpaceX is also appled to FAA for reentry licenses for Dragon reentry operations. Public comments on the Draft EA were due by March 20, 2020.

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Complete: Space Coast Air and Spaceport Environmental Assessment

The FAA is announcing the availability of the Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the Titusville-Cocoa Airport Authority (TCAA) Launch Site Operator License (Final EA and FONSI). An electronic version of the Final EA and FONSI is available on this website for download.

Final Environmental Assessment and FONSI — Space Coast Regional Airport (PDF)

Final Environmental Assessment Appendices A & C-I — Space Coast Regional Airport (PDF)

TCAA applied for a launch site operator license to operate a commercial space launch site at the Space Coast Regional Airport (TIX), in Brevard County, Florida. TCAA would offer the site to one or more commercial launch operators for horizontal reusable launch vehicles (RLVs). Under the Proposed Action addressed in this EA, the FAA would:

  • Issue a Launch Site Operator License to TCAA for the operation of a commercial space launch site at TIX and
  • Unconditionally approve the updated Airport Layout Plan (ALP) that shows the designation of the launch site boundary and existing and planned launch site infrastructure.

The FAA issues separate licenses for the operation of launch vehicles. Additional environmental analysis will be required for future vehicle operators. When a launch operator applies to the FAA for a license to operate at TIX, the FAA will develop a separate EA that will include a public notification and public review period.

The FAA released the Draft EA for public comment on December 19, 2019. A public meeting was held on January 8, 2020. The comment period ended January 17, 2020. As a result of the comments received, the FAA made minor revisions to the EA. Appendix I includes copies of the comments received and a summary of FAA's responses.

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In Progress: Spaceport Camden Environmental Impact Statement

Notices

Project Status Update

The FAA is continuing to develop the Final EIS. As part of that process the FAA has consulted with Federal and state agencies, and their comments are being incorporated into the Final EIS. In addition, the FAA has completed a number of consultations including Section 4f of the Department of Transportation Act, Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act (with National Marine Fisheries and US Fish and Wildlife), and Essential Fish Habitat consultations. The FAA is continuing to work with the Georgia State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) to complete the Section 106 process.

As previously announced, the FAA had planned to release the Final EIS and Record of Decision (ROD) in March 2021. However, due to ongoing consultation efforts with the Georgia SHPO and the ACHP, the FAA now intends to release the Final EIS by April 20th and the ROD separately by June 18th.

When the Final EIS is available, a notice will be sent to individuals and organizations on the project distribution list.

Draft EIS — Spaceport Camden

In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), FAA released the Spaceport Camden Draft EIS for a public review. The public comment period on the Draft EIS closed on June 14, 2018. The FAA is in the process of responding to comments submitted on the Draft EIS. The responses to these comments will be incorporated into the Revised Draft EIS, when released.

A copy of the Draft EIS is available here for download.

Public Hearings

The FAA held two public hearings to solicit comments on the Draft EIS on Wednesday, April 11 and Thursday, April 12, 2018, from 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm at the Camden County Public Service Authority Recreation Center Community Room, 1050 Wildcat Drive, Kingsland, GA 31548.

The Public Hearing Summary Report is available here for download.

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FAA Launch Site Operator License

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FAA Launch Operator License

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Experimental Permits

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