SpaceX must make Environmental Changes to move forward with Starship Program
The FAA has released nearly 75+ requirements Elon Musk must follow in order to continue flights...
SpaceX, as of yesterday, is being required by the Federal Aviation Administration to make dozens of environmental adjustments in order to further conduct their flight tests and to begin fully operational launches from the Boca Chica, Texas facility.
To be more specific, SpaceX will need to make nearly 75+ changes before the company can receive a launch license in Texas, according to the FAA in a press release. Some of the mitigations are noise level limits, biohazard material control, and water resource protection.
A qualified biologist will be required to work with SpaceX on inspections to minimize the impact on freaking sea turtles, perform quarterly cleanups, and also operate as an employee for the shuttle between Brownsville and Boca Chica. Local education and preservation efforts will also be contributed. $5,000 annual contributions will be made to organizations protecting ocelots and endangered birds of prey as well as many other fishing programs.
The FAA issues rules for closing public highways that pass the SpaceX facility and requires the road must be open on 18 specific holidays and most weekends.
Changes have already begun being made as the expansion of SpaceX’s starbase facility continues to occur. So far, the company has removed infrastructure plans for a desalination plant, natural gas pretreatment systems, power plants, and a liquefied.
Read more on the FAA and their requirements directed towards Elon Musk and SpaceX HERE