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Saturday, September 18, 2021

THE HAPPENING WORLD: U.S. Federal Aviation Administration Draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment for SpaceX Starship Super Heavy Project

Here is the main page, “SpaceX Starship Super Heavy Project at the Boca Chica Launch Site”, which has links to the full documents, all of which are PDF. The main text is (deep breath), “Draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment for SpaceX Starship/Super Heavy Program at the SpaceX Boca Chica Launch Site in Cameron County, Texas” [PDF], which is 143 pages long. There are seven separate appendices which provide additional technical details, including a 109 page “Endangered Species Act Section 7 Consultation” [PDF] in which you will learn of the potential consequences of humanity's escaping the Earth's gravity well on the Northern Aplomado Falcon, the Gulf Coast Jaguarundi, and Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle.

Public comments are solicited and should be submitted by October 18th, 2020, and there will be two “virtual public hearings” (whatever that is) on October 6th and 7th with a presentation and opportunity for public oral comments.

It remains to be seen whether Elon Musk is heard muttering to himself, “…emigrated to the wrong country.”

Posted at September 18, 2021 14:37