FAA delays SpaceX Starship environmental review again

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced yet another delay in releasing the final Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) for the SpaceX Starship and Super Heavy rocket program in Boca Chica, Texas.

The report was supposed to be published today, May 31, but in an update posted to their website this morning, the agency says it will now be published on June 13, 2022.

As with the previous delays, the FAA says they need more time to complete consultations.

“The FAA intended to release the Final PEA on May 31, 2022. The FAA now plans to release the Final PEA on June 13, 2022 to account for ongoing interagency consultations.”

If approved, the review will allow SpaceX to launch an orbital test flight of Starship from Boca Chica, Texas.

According to an original flight plan revealed by Elon Musk last year, the flight will see Starship launch from Texas and eventually land in the ocean just off Hawaii.

However, if there are any further delays SpaceX may move the launch to Florida’s Kennedy Space Center, where it has been building a launch tower since earlier this year.

SpaceX Starship’s first orbital flight will take it from Texas to Hawaii

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