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FAA Releases Summary Of Comments On SpaceX Super Heavy Permit Request

HAWTHORNE-CA-MAY 29: SpaceX CEO Elon Musk unveils the company's new manned spacecraft, The Dragon V2, designed to carry astronauts into space during a news conference on May 29, 2014, in Hawthorne, California. The private spaceflight company has been flying unmanned capsules to the International Space Station delivering cargo for the past two years. The Dragon V2 will ferry up to seven astronauts to low-Earth orbit. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

(Washington, DC) — The FAA is releasing a summary of the issues it may study as it prepares an environment review of a SpaceX permit request.

The company wants permission to launch Super Heavy rockets from its Boca Chica Beach, Texas facility, as well as expand the facility by building a new launch pad and other support buildings.

The expansion makes it necessary for the FAA to do a new environmental review, and the agency requested comments from the public in November.

More than 300 comments were received, and concerns raised include the impact on protected species, the impact on low-income and minority residents and the overall safety of expanded launch operations.

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