Editor’s note: This story has been updated to clarify that SpaceX is not immediately cleared to launch.
HARLINGEN, Texas (ValleyCentral) – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved the Boca Chica launch site for Starship/SuperHeavy orbital launches, with 75 conditions to mitigate the environmental impact.
The FAA has released the Final Programmatic Environment Assessment and Mitigated Finding of No Significant Impact/Record of Decision for the Starship/SuperHeavy Launch vehicle at the Boca Chica in South Texas. An Environmental Impact Statement will not be required.
SpaceX will still have to abide by 75 actions to mitigate the environmental impacts of the Starship/SuperHeavy launches and is required to apply for a launch license for each vehicle they plan to test.