Space Florida is applying to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for a Reentry Site Operator License. A Reentry Site Operator license would allow Space Florida to offer the Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF), located at the Cape Canaveral Spaceport in Titusville, Florida, to reentry vehicle operators. Space Florida currently holds a Launch Site Operator License for the SLF. Read more information on the history of the SLF.
The FAA licenses and regulates U.S. commercial space launch and reentry activities, as well as the operation of non-federal launch and reentry sites. When evaluating Reentry Site Operator Licenses, the FAA must conduct the following reviews: policy, reentry site location, safety, and environmental.
Space Florida is the state-chartered spaceport authority and has statutory responsibility and authority to support the expansion and operation of Florida's commercial space transportation capabilities. Space Florida promotes economic development activities for space industry needs, including attracting, retaining, and expanding aerospace or supply chain businesses that create economic opportunities in Florida. In 2013, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) selected Space Florida to manage and operate the SLF. In June 2015, Kennedy Space Center transferred the management, development, and operation of the SLF to Space Florida.
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The FAA published the Final Programmatic Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the Shuttle Landing Facility Reentry Site Operator License (Final PEA and FONSI). A copy of the Final PEA and FONSI is available for download on the FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation National Environmental Policy Act documents website: https://www.faa.gov/space/environmental/nepa_docs/slf_ea