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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

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Project Status Update

The FAA will issue a Final EIS for Spaceport Camden, without an additional public comment period, in the spring of 2021. The FAA intended to release a Revised Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a 45-day public review and comment period in or around January 2021. However, the FAA's revised analyses have confirmed that all potential environmental impacts of the small-lift, liquid propellant vehicles with no first stage landing and the construction of associated support infrastructure are subsumed within the potential impacts of the medium-large lift class vehicle disclosed to the public in the March 2018 Draft EIS. Any application for a launch license from Spaceport Camden will require discrete environmental review, which will include an opportunity for public comment. Moreover, Executive Order 13927, EO on Accelerating the Nation's Economic Recovery from the COVID-19 Emergency by Expediting Infrastructure Investments and Other Activities, issued on June 4, 2020, requires the FAA and other executive branch Federal agencies to "take all appropriate steps to use their lawful emergency authorities and other authorities to respond to the national emergency and to facilitate the Nation's economic recovery…" and to "take all reasonable measures to speed infrastructure investments and to speed other actions in addition to such investments that will strengthen the economy and return Americans to work, while providing appropriate protection for public health and safety, natural resources, and the environment, as required by law." The FAA believes that expediting the environmental review process for Spaceport Camden furthers the interests of Executive Order 13927.

The FAA also intends to use the combined EIS/Record of Decision (ROD) process required by 49 United States Code (U.S.C.) § 304a(b) and 23 U.S.C. § 139(n)(2), Accelerated Decisionmaking in Environmental Reviews, and as described in Guidance on the Use of Combined Final Environmental Impact Statements/Records of Decision and Errata Sheets in National Environmental Policy Act Reviews, issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation in April 2019.

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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In Progress: Space Florida Shuttle Landing Facility Environmental Assessment

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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 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, FAA would re-evaluate the potential impacts and, if necessary, prepare additional NEPA analysis.

On August 15, 2018, 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, 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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