Starbase Boca Chica

Starbase Boca Chica TX (SpaceX)

  • 09-01-2023 Masseys: Former gun range near Starbase for rocket testing. With Raptor test stand and booster cryo test facility.
  • 03-06-2023 A cable is being laid for three phase electricity in order to no longer be dependent on the diesel generators.

In 2019, the FAA completed a reevaluation of the SpaceX facilities in South Texas, and in particular the revised plans away from a commercial spaceport to more of a spaceship yard for building and testing rockets at the facility, as well as flying different rockets—SpaceX Starship and prototype test vehicles—from the site than the Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy envisioned in the original 2014 environmental assessment. In May and August 2019, the FAA issued a written report with a decision that a new supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) would not be required. In May 2021, the FAA issued a written FAQ regarding the FAA’s Environmental Review of SpaceX Starship/Super Heavy Operations at the Boca Chica Launch Site.

In 2022, Starship had been delayed extensively from an orbital flight due to a delay in an FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) license to allow findings on environmental impact. On 13 June 2022, the FAA announced that Starbase was not creating a significant impact to the environment, yet listed more than 75 actions to be taken before review of an orbital launch license. Some of these actions include $5,000 contributions to wildlife non-profits in the area, making sure roadways stay open on certain days of the year, and actions to protect local sea turtle populations.

In SpaceX terms, the ground infrastructure is called “Stage 0”.

SpaceX Starbase launch control center, tracking station

SpaceX Starbase launch facility

SpaceX Starbase Boca Chica TX

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