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SpaceX Starship/Super Heavy Launch Vehicle Program at the SpaceX Boca Chica Launch Site in Cameron County, Texas

PROJECT WEBSITE: https://www.faa.gov/space/stakeholder_engagement/spacex_starship/

All dates below are specific to the schedule of the Environmental Review and Permitting processes for this project.

In Progress

ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW AND PERMITTING STATUS
IN PROGRESS

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ESTIMATED COMPLETION DATE OF ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW AND PERMITTING
12/31/2021

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ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW AND PERMITTING PROCESSES
COMPLETED

Aviation

SECTOR
Aviation

Project Category

CATEGORY
DOT Projects

Department of Transportation

LEAD AGENCY
Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration

Other Agencies with Actions or Authorizations:

Department of Commerce

Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Department of the Interior

Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service

Description:

SpaceX proposes to conduct Starship/Super Heavy launch operations from the Boca Chica Launch Site in Cameron County, Texas. SpaceX must apply for and obtain an experimental permit(s) and/or a vehicle operator license from the FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation to operate the Starship/Super Heavy launch vehicle. The proposed action includes test and launch operations, tank tests, nominal operational closures, anomaly response closures, and related infrastructure construction.

SpaceX plans to execute its Starship/Super Heavy program over the next several years. SpaceX may require a number of new or modified experimental permits or vehicle operator licenses issued from the FAA in order to execute the program. Thus, the FAA has drafted a Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA), which evaluates the potential environmental impacts of the activities associated with SpaceX’s Starship/Super Heavy program. A programmatic document is a type of general, broad NEPA review from which subsequent NEPA documents can be tiered, focusing on the issues specific to the subsequent actions.

The completion of the environmental review process does not guarantee that the FAA will issue an experimental permit or vehicle operator license to SpaceX for Starship/Super Heavy launches at Boca Chica. SpaceX’s license application must also meet FAA safety, risk, and financial responsibility requirements per 14 CFR Chapter III.

FAA cannot issue a decision document, which could include a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) or decision to initiate and environmental impact statement, until all consultations are complete.

Permitting Timetable

The permitting timetable below displays data as reported by agencies. Dates for Environmental Review and Permitting processes (Actions) that are in 'Paused' or 'Planned' status are subject to change and are not indicative of a project's final schedule.

  • For information about extensions, select an Action from the timetable below and select 'View Action Details' at the bottom of the page.
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Overall Project Timetable
 
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Extension or Delay
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Paused
No End Date
Planned

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