The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is conducting an Environmental Assessment of SpaceX’s Starbase facility, located in the southernmost tip of Texas, to ensure safe spaceflight operations. The assessment evaluates potential environmental impacts of SpaceX’s Starship/Super Heavy development program. The Administration set a timeline to complete the Starbase Environmental Assessment by December 31, 2021. The entire process is taking around six months since its start in mid-June. After the review is complete, SpaceX will be able to apply for a flight license to launch its Starship/Super Heavy launch vehicle to orbit from Boca Chica Beach.
“The hard work by FAA, US Fish & Wildlife and Texas Parks & Wildlife is much appreciated, as well as the strong local support from Cameron County and Brownsville / South Padre!” SpaceX founder Elon Musk said on Monday, November 15. SpaceX is actively preparing the stainless-steel Starship SN20 and Super Heavy Booster 4 prototypes for a debut orbital flight test attempt that will provide engineers with data needed to further develop the spacecraft.
The hard work by FAA, US Fish & Wildlife and Texas Parks & Wildlife is much appreciated, as well as the strong local support from Cameron County and Brownsville / South Padre!— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 15, 2021