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Endangered Species Review Could Delay Starship Launch by Months

By Douglas Messier
SpaceRef
September 20, 2023
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Endangered Species Review Could Delay Starship Launch by Months
Starship during its first test launch.
Image credit: SpaceX webcast.

It could take months for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to issue a license for the second launch of SpaceX’s Starship/Super Heavy rocket due to the need to re-evaluate how the launch could impact endangered species that live near the company’s Starbase spaceport in south Texas, federal officials said this week.

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Doug Messier

Douglas Messier is the founder of Parabolic Arc. He studied at George Washington University’s Space Policy Institute and is an alumnus of the International Space University.