The FAA releases initial report on Boca Chica launches, and it’s not terrible

Enlarge / SpaceX’s Booster 4 is lifted onto its orbital launch mount in South Texas. The Federal Aviation Administration released a draft environmental review of SpaceX’s plans for orbital launches from South Texas on Friday, kicking off a 30-day public comment period. The long-awaited procedural step is the first of several regulatory hurdles that SpaceX … Read more

Elon Musk’s SpaceX Launch Site in Boca Chica Causes Harm To Wildlife, Environmentalists Claim

Environmentalists have filed several concerns about the SpaceX launch site in Boca Chica, Texas, endangering the local terrain and wildlife. Activists told The Second Angle that the refuge around the SpaceX facility includes beaches, coastal dunes, meadows, tidal flats, rocket debris and water runoff from rocket launches. Several explosions and failed starts for SpaceX founder Elon … Read more

A tunnel from South Padre Island to Boca Chica Beach

With closures of a key state highway and of Boca Chica Beach becoming more frequent due to activity at SpaceX’s Starbase production complex and launch site, Cameron County officials are mulling ways to restore access to at least part of the beach even during those closures. One possible solution would entail digging a tunnel from … Read more