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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.

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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FAA Launch Site Operator License

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FAA Launch Operator License

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Experimental Permits

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