The FAA Says SpaceX Can't Expand Its Texas Launch Site—Yet

After months of suspense, the Federal Aviation Administration has finally weighed in on the environmental effects of the planned expansion of SpaceX’s sprawling Starbase launch facility near Boca Chica, Texas. The agency says that if SpaceX takes some 75 actions to limit environmental hazards, the company can continue that expansion and its application for a launch license for its Starship spacecraft and the Super Heavy rocket booster.

Boca Chica is a critical site for the company, where engineers have been ramping up their testing of Starship and Super Heavy in anticipation of deep-space flights. But local groups, including those focused on the environment and beach access, are worried about increased

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