Public Meetings Set in Brevard to Discuss SpaceX Expanding Starship Super Heavy Launch Operations on the Space Coast

meetings will focus on the environmental impacts of SpaceX’s proposals

A series of environmental public meetings will be held as SpaceX explores expanding its Starship-Super Heavy launch and landing operations at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. SpaceX officials have said the company is interested in expanding its Starship-Super Heavy launch and landing operations at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. (SpaceX image)

BREVARD COUNTY • CAPE CANAVERAL SPACE FORCE STATION, FLORIDA — A series of environmental public meetings will be held as SpaceX explores expanding its Starship-Super Heavy launch and landing operations at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

The Starship-Super Heavy is a two-stage heavy lift launch vehicle that will be a fully reusable transportation system that has the capability to carry cargo and crew into Earth’s orbit, the moon, Mars and beyond.

SpaceX officials have said the company is interested in expanding its Starship-Super Heavy launch and landing operations at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

The meetings will focus on the environmental impacts of SpaceX’s proposals for new launch structures and plans.

SpaceX has proposed three options for its Cape Canaveral Space Force Station plans:

■ SpaceX will either modifying, reusing, or demolishing the existing Space Launch Complex (SLC) 37 infrastructure to support Starship-Super Heavy launch and landing operations. SLC 37 is currently in operation by ULA, which will be launching is last Delta IV Heavy this year, ending all launches from the pad.

■ Constructing infrastructure to support Starship-Super Heavy launch and landing operations on an undeveloped portion of land that has been set aside and designated for a future Space Launch Complex-50. SLC-50, that would be located between SLC-40 and SLC-37.

■ A non-action alternative plan is also being explored where SpaceX would not develop a launch and landing site in support of Starship-Super Heavy launches and would not apply for an FAA vehicle operator license for Starship-Super Heavy launches from CCSFS.

The Department of the Air Force is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to assess this project’s potential environmental impacts.

The National Environmental Policy Act requires federal agencies to assess anticipated environmental impacts of their proposed actions, disclose their findings to the public, and solicit public input on their proposals, and four meetings are scheduled, including three in person and one online:

■ Tuesday, March 5, 2024, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Catherine Schweinsberg Rood Central Cocoa Library
308 Forrest Ave., Cocoa, Fla., 32922

■ Wednesday, March 6, 2024, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Titusville Civic Center
4220 S Hopkins Ave., Titusville, Fla., 32780

■ Thursday, March 7, 2024, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Radisson Resort at The Port
8701 Astronaut Blvd., Cape Canaveral, Fla., 32920

■ Tuesday, March 12, 2024, 6 p.m.
Virtual Meeting

The meetings will give the public a chance to review and comment on the proposed action and potential environmental impacts. Public scoping is conducted in the initial stages of EIS development to solicit comments from the public and agencies about potential issues that should be analyzed in the EIS.

This could include resource areas that may be affected by the proposed action, impacts from past or ongoing projects, sufficiency of alternatives being considered, and study areas being evaluated.

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