FAA approval of SpaceX Starship launch pushed back at least 2 months

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Federal regulators have delayed the release of an environmental review of SpaceX’s plan to launch a new rocket from Texas by two months. one of the reasons? Too many comments from the public.

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The Federal Aviation Administration said it received more than 18,000 public messages on the project, prompting it to hold back from issuing its environmental review from December 31 to February 28. The agency said SpaceX is working on a response to the comments. In addition, the FAA said it is continuing to consult and coordinate with other agencies at the local, state and federal levels.

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SpaceX, founded by Tesla Inc chief executive Elon Musk nearly two decades ago, did not respond to a request for comment on Wednesday.

SpaceX needs review to get agency permission to launch starship rocket From its facility in Boca Chica, Texas, a remote area of ​​the Gulf of Mexico east of the city of Brownsville.

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“FAA approval is the schedule driver,” Musk said on Twitter on Wednesday in response to a question about the timing of the first orbital flight.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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