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FAA releases draft environmental review of SpaceX's Starship


The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) draft environmental review of SpaceX's Starship operations in South Texas suggests the program can likely proceed with its first orbital launch, although protecting wildlife and habitat could be a stumbling block — and the approval process is not over yet.

The FAA released the draft review for public comment on Friday (Sept. 17) and will be taking suggestions until Oct. 18. Two virtual public meetings are scheduled for Oct. 6 and Oct. 7. 

SpaceX has cited the environmental review as one of the key milestones that must be passed to start orbital Starship flights, with CEO and founder Elon Musk saying in August that the company could be ready in a few weeks once the process is finished.