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In Progress: Space Coast Air and Spaceport Environmental Assessment

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA) for Titusville-Cocoa Airport Authority's (TCAA) proposal to operate a commercial space launch site (Space Coast Air and Spaceport) at Space Coast Regional Airport (TIX). TCAA would offer the site for launches of horizontal reusable launch vehicles (RLVs). TIX is a general aviation airport located within the southern limits of the City of Titusville, in the northern half of Brevard County, Florida.

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

  1. Issue a launch site operator license to TCAA for the operation of a commercial space launch site at TIX; and
  2. planned spaceport infrastructure.

Preparation of the Draft Environmental Assessment

When completed, the Draft EA will be made available for public review and comment.
Questions on the preparation of the Draft EA may be addressed to Ms. Stacey Zee, Federal Aviation Administration, c/o ICF International, 9300 Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22031 or submitted by email to TIX_Spaceport_EA@icfi.com.

Notices
In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is announcing the availability of the Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for Titusville-Cocoa Airport Authority (TCAA) Launch Site Operator License, Space Coast Regional Airport (TIX). A copy of the Draft EA is available here on this website for download.

Draft Environmental Assessment – Space Coast Regional Airport (PDF, 75.4 MB)

Public Meeting and Comments
The FAA held a public meeting to solicit comments on the Draft EA on January 8, 2020 at the Ralph Poppell Airport Administration Building at Space Coast Regional Airport in Titusville, FL. During this meeting, FAA representatives answered questions about the Draft EA. Members of the public could provide written and/or oral comments at the meeting. A copy of the handouts from the public meeting are available on this website for download.

Public Meeting Handouts – Space Coast Regional Airport (PDF)

The comment period for the Draft EA closed on January 17, 2019.

Project Description
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has prepared a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) to analyze the potential environmental impacts of the Titusville-Cocoa Airport Authority (TCAA) Launch Site Operator License proposal to operate to operate a commercial space launch site at the Space Coast Regional Airport (TIX) in the northern half of Brevard County, Florida. The TCAA would offer the site to one or more commercial launch operators for the operation of horizontal take-off and horizontal landing reusable launch vehicles (RLVs). Under the Proposed Action addressed in the EA, the FAA would:

  • Issue a launch site operator license to TCAA for the operation of a commercial space launch site at TIX;
  • Unconditionally approve to the updated ALP that shows the designation of the launch site boundary and existing and planned launch site infrastructure.

While this EA analyzes the conceptual operations of launch vehicles that could operate at TIX, the FAA issues separate experimental permits and/or licenses for operation of launch vehicles. Therefore, potential launch operators would need to obtain individual experimental permits and/or launch licenses from the FAA before launching from TIX.

Next Steps and the Final EA
All comments received during the public comment period on the Draft EA will be given equal weight and taken into consideration during the preparation of the Final EA. In preparing the Final EA, the FAA will revise the Draft EA to reflect comments received, issues raised through the public involvement and public meeting process, and other considerations.

The Final EA will identify and discuss any unresolved environmental issues and efforts to resolve them through further consultation. The Final EA will reflect compliance with the requirements of all applicable special purpose laws and requirements, including Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act, and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. If such compliance is not possible by the time of Final EA preparation, the Final EA will reflect consultation with the appropriate agencies and provide reasonable assurance that the requirements can be met.

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In Progress: Spaceport Camden Environmental Impact Statement

Notices

Project Status Update
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) continues to work with Federal and state agencies to complete consultations related to compliance with special purpose laws. The results of these consultations will be incorporated into the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) expected to be released in late 2019. The Final EIS will also address comments submitted during the public comment period on the Draft EIS.

Draft EIS – Spaceport Camden
In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the 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 comment will be incorporated into the Final 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 and related Appendices are available here for download.

Public Hearing Materials
The following materials were made available at the public hearing:

Posters

Fact Sheets

Presentation

Project Description
The Camden County Board of Commissioners (the County) is proposing to construct and operate a commercial space launch site called Spaceport Camden on the Atlantic seaboard in Camden County, Georgia. The County could offer the commercial space launch site to vertical launch vehicle operators for the orbital and suborbital launch of small to medium-large, liquid propellant launch vehicles. Launch operations would include preparatory activities to ready and test launch vehicles and systems, including up to 12 vertical launches and up to 12 associated launch vehicle first-stage landings per year. In support of the launches, there would be up to 12 wet dress rehearsals and up to 12 static fire engine tests per year. First-stage landings could occur on the space launch site or on a barge located about 200 to 300 miles off shore in the Atlantic Ocean.

This EIS evaluates the direct, indirect, and cumulative environmental impacts of construction and operation of the proposed launch site that could result from FAA's Proposed Action to issue a Launch Site Operator License to the County for Spaceport Camden. Launch vehicle operators would be required to obtain a license to launch a specific vehicle or class of vehicle from the launch site. The FAA will conduct additional environmental review and provide further opportunity for public comment before issuing a launch license.

The FAA, as the licensing agency, is the lead agency in the preparation of the Spaceport Camden Environmental Impact Statement (Spaceport Camden EIS). NASA and the National Park Service (NPS) are cooperating agencies. The United States Coast Guard has been participating in the project development process as the agency with jurisdiction to establish waterway safety zones.

Notice of Intent
The FAA published a Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an EIS, open a public scoping period, and conduct a public scoping meeting in the Federal Register on November 6, 2015. The NOI is available for download. The NOI is the FAA's official announcement that EIS will be prepared for the County's proposal, and starts the scoping period during which the public is encouraged to provide comments as discussed in the following section. The NOI includes the current scope of the EIS.

Scoping
The FAA invited interested agencies, organizations, Native American tribes, and members of the public to submit comments or suggestions to assist in identifying significant environmental issues and in determining the appropriate scope of the EIS. We reviewed all comments received from members of the public, government agencies, and interest groups and prepared a Scoping Summary Report. The Scoping Summary Report summarizes all input received during the scoping period.

Scoping Summary Report

Please note that the scoping comments contain redacted information. The FAA's written public comment form included the following statement regarding personal identifying information: "Please Note: Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, be advised that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold from public review your personal identifying information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so." A good faith effort was made to remove personal identifying information from the comment submissions provided during the public scoping comment period.

Public Scoping Meeting
The FAA held an open house public meeting on December 7, 2015, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Camden County Public Service Authority Recreation Center, located at 1050 Wildcat Drive, Kingsland, GA 31548. The public had the opportunity to speak with project representatives one-on-one and submit written comments or provide oral comments to a stenographer. The public scoping period was originally scheduled to close on January 4, 2016, but in response to public comments, was extended to January 18, 2016.

Scoping Materials
The following materials were made available at the scoping meeting:

Posters

Fact Sheets

Presentation

Contact Information
For questions about the Spaceport Camden EIS, please email faacamdenspaceporteis@leidos.com.

Next Steps and the Final EIS
All comments received during the public comment period on the Draft EIS will be given equal weight and taken into consideration during the preparation of the Final EIS. In preparing the final EIS, the FAA will revise the draft EIS to reflect comments received.

The final EIS will identify and discuss any unresolved environmental issues and efforts to resolve them through further consultation. The final EIS will reflect compliance with the requirements of all applicable special purpose laws and requirements, including Section 4(f). If such compliance is not possible by the time of final EIS preparation, the final EIS will reflect consultation with the appropriate agencies and provide reasonable assurance that the requirements can be met. No sooner than 30 days after the Final EIS Notice of Availability (NOA) is published in the Federal Register, the FAA may issue a decision on the proposed action and issue a Record of Decision (ROD).

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In Progress: Space Florida Shuttle Landing Facility Environmental Assessment

Notices

The FAA is announcing the availability of the Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact/Record of Decision for the Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF) Launch Site Operator License (Final EA and FONSI/ROD).

A copy of the Final EA and FONSI/ROD are available on this website for download:

The Final EA addresses the potential environmental impacts of Space Florida's proposal to construct and operate the Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF) as a launch location for horizontally launched and landed rockets. The SLF encompasses about 4,432 acres of property at Kennedy Space Center, including the 15,000 foot long, 300 foot wide runway. The SLF, which previously supported the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Space Shuttle Program, is now managed by Space Florida. Under the Proposed Action described in the Final EA, Space Florida would construct launch site facilities and the FAA would issue a launch site operator license to Space Florida for the operation of a commercial space launch site at the SLF. This EA may be used to support the issuance of launch licenses or experimental permits to prospective vehicle operators that propose to conduct launches of horizontal takeoff and horizontal landing launch vehicles from the SLF. However, if a prospective launch vehicle operator's vehicle parameters fall outside those analyzed in this EA, the FAA would re-evaluate the potential impacts and, if necessary, prepare additional NEPA analysis.

On August 15, 2018, the FAA published the Draft EA for a 30-day public comment period ending September 17, 2018. In total, four public comments were received. As a result of the comments received, the FAA made minor revisions to the EA.

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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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