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2014-May-29, 02:30 AM
The SpaceX Brownsville TX / Boca Chica Beach spaceport's FINAL Environmental Impact Statement has been released but the link isn't live yet. FAA web page below. May be a day or so.

If positive SpaceX is likely to confirm Boca Chica its new spaceports location soon, possibly during tomorrow's Dragon V2 unveiling (as if there's any doubt where they want to build it.)

The Boca Chica spaceport would be used for commercial and NASA Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy launches, and may also be the site of a new rocket stage factory.

The University of Texas at Brownsville has plans to build a radio telescope and space tracking center near SpaceX's facility.

The Boca Chica areas latitude is an excellent location for launching geostationary communication satellites, Mars and other planetary missions. Emphasizing this, SpaceX has named the Boca Chica development "Mars Crossing."

http://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/ast/environmental/nepa_docs/review/documents_progress/spacex_texas_launch_site_environmental_impact_stat ement/


The Federal Aviation Administration has released the final environmental impact statement pertaining to SpaceX, which will help determine whether the company can build a rocket launch site in Cameron County.

The FAA this afternoon released the much anticipated report that local, county and state officials have been waiting for, for almost a couple of years, however it is not yet available for download.

Nearly two years since SpaceX announced that Texas is one of four sites under consideration for a commercial rocket launch pad, officials have courted the private commercial company, offering deals to lure it to set up shop on Boca Chica Beach. Texas reportedly has offered $15 million in incentives to lure SpaceX to South Texas.

The EIS draft released in April 2013 reviewed 11 resource areas for potential environmental impacts created by the proposed construction and operations there. The FAA looked at compatible land use; properties; noise; visual resources and light emissions; historical, architectural, archaeological and cultural resources; air quality; water resources; biological resources including fish, wildlife and plants; hazardous materials; socioeconomics; natural resources; and secondary impacts.

Although the FAA draft report found “no impacts would occur” that would result in the FAA denying a permit, it did provide a summary of potential environmental impacts from the proposed action by SpaceX.

On the heels of the final report, SpaceX might announce its decision on whether to come to South Texas.

Texas is one of four sites being considered by SpaceX. Other possible locations include Florida, Georgia and Puerto Rico.

The proposed Texas site is at the eastern end of State Highway 4, about three miles north of the Mexican border and about five miles south of Port Isabel and South Padre Island.

Concept imagery (green = SpaceX lots & boundaries)

2014-May-29, 09:01 PM
Interesting and having facilities in California, Texas and Florida won't hurt politically either.

2014-May-31, 07:23 PM
That's the NASA model. Spread it out so you can get politicos to back it.

2014-May-31, 09:35 PM
IAnd Vandenberg is likely to get more work. They need both Dragon V2 and F9R landing facilities, a vertical integration tower for DoD payloads, and Thursday night Musk mentioned launching crews from Vandy as well.

Then they have to adapt LC-39A for crews, F9 and FH and build a BFR facility. The BFR could go north of Boca Chica, at what was supposed to be a Nova pad at LC-39D/E or perhaps in Georgia (a Boca Chica runner-up.)

Busy-Busy, Which is why they're adding another 1,000 people up to 4,500.

2014-Jun-01, 09:08 PM
Not a smart move in terms of inclination and other reasons--but if he built in Mobile Alabama, he would benefit from two things:
Richard Shelby's support--and the Thyssen Krupp steel plant just down the coast.

2014-Aug-25, 12:15 PM
Another thread made me think...

What are the launch directions from here?
I see Florida and Cuba in the way for a safety range.

2014-Aug-25, 01:15 PM
Another thread made me think...

What are the launch directions from here?
I see Florida and Cuba in the way for a safety range.
They would thread between Florida and Cuba then do a dogleg turn to the inclination they want. Since this spaceport will be mainly for GTO and escape launches that would be to an inclination of 0-20°.

As it turns out F9 has much more lift than expected, almost 17,000kg as a disposable according to the recently updated NLS II calculator. This should also translate to FH, so for most payloads they have performance to burn.