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U.S. FAA aims to complete SpaceX Starship review by Dec 31 -Breaking


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO – A SpaceX SN15 prototype starship is seen as it sits in a transporter following Wednesday’s successful launch from its starship facility at Boca Chica (Texas), U.S.A May 6, 2021. REUTERS/Gene Blevins

WASHINGTON (Reuters), – Monday’s U.S. Federal Aviation Administration announcement stated that Dec. 31, is the target date for concluding the environmental review process on the SpaceX Starship/Super Heavy.

The public comment period to the draft environmental review for Boca Chica’s proposed Boca Chica program was extended by the FAA from September 1 to Nov. 1. Two public hearings were held and received over 17,000 comments in writing.

SpaceX is Elon Musk’s private space firm. SpaceX cannot launch Starship/Super Heavy until the FAA finishes its licensing process.

Musk said on Twitter (NYSE:) on Monday he appreciated the “hard work by FAA, US Fish & Wildlife and Texas Parks & Wildlife” in the review and “strong local support” for the project.

In September, the FAA published a draft of an environmental review that was 151 pages long. The review looks at potential environmental impacts of SpaceX’s initial mission profile and reviews debris recovery, local road closures in Boca Chica and other issues.

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Reuters reported in July that the FAA warned SpaceX that the agency could order it to take down a new tower because the environmental review was not complete.

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