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SpaceX Starship/Super Heavy – Notice of Availability of Written Re-Evaluation of the 2022 Final Programmatic Environmental Assessment and Issuance of Vehicle Operator License

Dear Interested Party:

You are receiving this email to inform you about an update to the SpaceX Starship/Super Heavy Launch Vehicle Program.

After completing an evaluation of all applicable Vehicle Operator License requirements, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a commercial Vehicle Operator License to SpaceX for launches of the Starship/Super Heavy Launch Vehicle Program in Cameron County, TX.

The affected environment and environmental impacts of Starship/Super Heavy operations at the Boca Chica Launch Site had been analyzed in the 2022 Final Programmatic Environmental Assessment for the SpaceX Starship/Super Heavy Launch Vehicle Program at the SpaceX Boca Chica Launch Site in Cameron County, Texas. Since the 2022 Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA), SpaceX provided the FAA with additional information regarding Starship’s planned landing, Super Heavy’s planned soft water landing, and the Launch Pad Detonation Suppression System. In accordance with FAA Order 1050.1F, Environmental Impacts: Policies and Procedures, the FAA prepared the Written Re-evaluation of the 2022 Final Programmatic Environmental Assessment for the SpaceX Starship/Super Heavy Launch Vehicle Program at the Boca Chica Launch Site in Cameron County, Texas to describe and evaluate this additional information.

Based on the Written Re-Evaluation, the FAA concluded that the issuance of a vehicle operator license for Starship/Super Heavy operations conforms to the prior environmental documentation, that the data contained in the 2022 PEA remains substantially valid, that there are no significant environmental changes, and all pertinent conditions and requirements of the prior approval have been met or will be met in the current action. Therefore, preparation of a supplemental or new environmental document is not necessary to support the Proposed Action.

An electronic version of the Vehicle Operator License is available here: https://www.faa.gov/data_research/commercial_space_data/licenses.

An electronic version of the Written Re-evaluation is available here: https://www.faa.gov/space/stakeholder_engagement/spacex_starship.

For any media inquiries, please contact the FAA press office at pressoffice@faa.gov.

Thank you,

The FAA SpaceX Boca Chica Project Team

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