FAA requiring SpaceX to make changes to Texas launch site ahead of future launches – Loren Grush

SpaceX’s Starship prototypes at the company’s Starbase launch facility in Boca Chica, Texas. | Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has determined that SpaceX’s plans for the company’s massive Starbase launch site in South Texas will have some environmental impact on the surrounding land and area, but not enough to require a full environmental impact statement. Now, SpaceX will need to make more than 75 changes to its proposal for the Starbase facility if the company wants to avoid additional review and eventually receive a license from the FAA to launch its new Starship rocket to orbit from the site.

SpaceX’s Starbase facility is located in a small town called Boca Chica, Texas, right on the southern tip of Texas along the Rio Grande river and the US-Mexico border. For the last few years, SpaceX has used the site to…

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