FAA Delays Environmental Assessment of SpaceX’s Boca Chica Launch Plans to Late April

Starship SN8 takes off from Boca Chica, Texas. (Credit: SpaceX webcast)

WASHINGTON (FAA PR) — The FAA intends to issue the Final Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) for the SpaceX Starship / Super Heavy project on April 29, 2022. The previous target date was March 28, 2022.

The FAA is currently reviewing the Final PEA and completing consultation and coordination with agencies at the local, State, and Federal level.

The completion of the environmental review will not guarantee that the FAA will issue a license to SpaceX to launch its Starship / Super Heavy vehicle. SpaceX’s license application must also meet FAA safety, risk and financial responsibility requirements.