In Progress: Programmatic Environmental Assessment for the Shuttle Landing Facility Reentry Site Operator License
The FAA is preparing a Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) for the Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF) Reentry Site Operator License for public review and comment. Space Florida is applying to the FAA for a Reentry Site Operator License for the SLF, located at the Cape Canaveral Spaceport, which includes the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Space Force Station (formerly called the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station). Space Florida currently holds a Launch Site Operator License (License Number: LSO 18-018) to operate the SLF. Since the time FAA issued the Launch Site Operator License, Space Florida has proposed to add reentry vehicle operations.
Under the Proposed Action addressed in the PEA, the FAA would issue a Reentry Site Operator License to Space Florida for the operation of a commercial space reentry site at SLF.
A programmatic document is a type of general, broad National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review from which subsequent NEPA documents can be tiered, focusing on the issues specific to the subsequent action (40 CFR § 1502.20; the FAA initiated the NEPA process for this action in 2019 and will not to apply the 2020 amended CEQ NEPA implementing regulations). If a commercial space operator applies to the FAA for a reentry license to conduct reentry operations at the SLF, a separate environmental document, tiering off the PEA, would be developed to support the issuance of a reentry license to the prospective reentry operator. The tiered environmental document would be a more detailed analysis based on vehicle specific operations.
The Draft PEA public review period is now closed.
The FAA released the Draft PEA for the SLF Reentry Site Operator License for public review in October 2020. A copy of the Draft PEA is available for download.
- Programmatic Environmental Assessment for the Shuttle Landing Facility Reentry Site Operator License (PDF)
The public comment period on the Draft PEA closed on Monday, December 7, 2020.
The FAA held a virtual public meeting on December 2, 2020. During this meeting, Space Florida provided information on their proposed project and the FAA provided a licensing and environmental overview.
- FAA Virtual Meeting: Reentry Site Operator License for the Shuttle Landing Facility at Space Florida (Video)
Next Steps and the Final PEA
The FAA will consider all comments received during the public comment period and revise the Draft PEA, accordingly. Once complete, the Final PEA will be posted on this site.