Super Heavy/Starship system in flight. (Credit: SpaceX)
The draft document, available for download as a PDF here, says the FAA’s proposed action “is to issue one or more experimental permits and/or a vehicle operator license to SpaceX that would allow SpaceX to launch, which can include landing, Starship/Super Heavy. SpaceX’s goal is to use Starship/Super Heavy for low Earth orbit, sun-synchronous orbit, geostationary transfer orbit, and interplanetary missions for cargo and humans.”
“Some infrastructure required to conduct Starship/Super Heavy launches and associated tests was already built to support the Starship prototype test operations,” the document said. “The FAA determined the environmental impacts of this construction were not significantly different from those analyzed in the 2014 EIS and therefore did not complete a supplemental NEPA analysis.”
The FAA plans to hold virtual public hearings on Oct. 6 and 7 as part of the 30-day public comment period that ends on Oct. 18, 2021.
I’ve excerpted parts of the document summarizing the proposed action below. When I get some time I’ll go through the document and post some more details about SpaceX’s plans for Boca Chica.
Draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment for the SpaceX Starship/Super Heavy Launch Vehicle Program at the SpaceX Boca ...