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FAA Asks Public to Help Inform Environmental Review of SpaceX Rocket

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Starship Prototype
Starship Prototype

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) seeks public comments on a draft review that assesses potential environmental impacts of SpaceX's future Starship launch system.

The draft programmatic environmental assessment (PEA) covers the aspects of launch, reentry, debris recovery, associated construction and road closure related to Starship, FAA said Friday.

SpaceX proposes to launch Starship from the Boca Chica Launch Site in Texas, which is also a detail assessed under the review. FAA would further analyze the environmental impacts of Starship's proposed future activities based on information gathered through the PEA.

The agency may conduct a more intensive environmental impact statement if issues determined from the review cannot be mitigated. Interested parties may submit input through Oct. 18th.