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TX - FAA needs another month to wrap up SpaceX environmental review in South Texas

The Federal Aviation Administration said it needs yet another month to complete its environmental review of proposed SpaceX activities in South Texas.

The Federal Aviation Administration said it needs yet another month to complete its environmental review of proposed SpaceX activities in South Texas.

SpaceX would like to launch its Super Heavy rocket and Starship spacecraft from Boca Chica, an unincorporated area outside of Brownsville. It already has conducted several high-altitude launches of the Starship spacecraft, but it cannot launch the combined vehicle into orbit until the FAA completes its environmental assessment into how this could affect the region’s air quality, noise level, wildlife, water and more.

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The FAA planned to complete its review at the end of last year, but has extended the deadline several times. The most recent deadline was Friday, and now the FAA is targeting May 31.

"SpaceX made multiple changes to its application that require additional FAA analysis," the agency said in a statement. "The agency continues to review around 18,000 general public comments."

There are three possible outcomes from this review.

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