FAA Extends Public Comment Period for SpaceX’s Boca Chica Launch Site

SpaceX’s Boca Chica facility. A purple line extends around the developed areas of the site. New facilities are at the bottom. (Credit: SpaceX with Parabolic Arc labels)

FAA Notice of Public Comment Period Extension and New Public Hearing Dates for the SpaceX Starship/Super Heavy Launch Vehicle Program at the SpaceX Boca Chica Launch Site in Cameron County, Texas

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has received requests for an extension of the public comment period for the Draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment for the SpaceX Starship/Super Heavy Launch Vehicle Program at the SpaceX Boca Chica Launch Site in Cameron County, Texas (Draft PEA). In consideration of these requests, the FAA is extending the public comment period for the Draft PEA. The FAA is also setting new public hearing dates which will provide additional time for the public to review the Draft PEA prior to the public hearing.

Public Comments

The public comment period has been extended to November 1, 2021. The FAA invites interested agencies, organizations, Native American tribes, and members of the public to submit comments on all aspects of the Draft PEA. Comments or questions on the Draft PEA can be addressed to Ms. Stacey Zee, SpaceX PEA, c/o ICF, 9300 Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22031. Comments may also be submitted by email to SpaceXBocaChica@icf.com.

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, be advised that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold from public review your personal identifying information, the FAA cannot guarantee that the FAA will be able to do so.

Public Hearings

The FAA will hold two virtual public hearings to solicit comments from the public concerning the scope and content of the Draft PEA. The hearings have been moved to October 18 and October 20, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. CST.

The FAA invites all interested parties to attend the meeting. The FAA will send out instructions for joining the meeting by October 15, 2021. Interested parties may also sign up to receive project updates on the PEA using the following link: https://www.faa.gov/space/stakeholder_engagement/spacex_starship/

Draft PEA

The Draft PEA is available on the FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation website: https://www.faa.gov/space/stakeholder_engagement/spacex_starship/

Hardcopies

Hardcopies of the Draft PEA are also available for review at the following locations:

  • Brownsville Public Library, Main Branch located at 2600 Central Blvd, Brownsville, TX 78520
  • Brownsville Public Library, Southmost Branch located at 4320 Southmost Road, Brownsville, TX 78521
  • The Dancy Building County Judge Office located at 1100 E Monroe St Suite 218, Brownsville, TX 78520

Thank You!

The SpaceX Boca Chica Project Team