SpaceX Gets Environmental OK to Launch Falcon 9 From Vandenberg

The static test of a Falcon 9 rocket on Dec. 4, 2010. (Credit: SpaceX)

Report: Falcon plan OK for environment
Santa Maria Times

A company’s plan to bring a new rocket to an old launch pad won’t cause any significant environmental problems, according to a review of Space Exploration Technologies’ newest proposal for Vandenberg Air Force Base.

The draft environmental assessment reviews the SpaceX proposal to launch the Falcon 9 and Falcon 9-Heavy rockets from  Space Launch Complex-4 East, a former Titan 4 launch facility on South Base.

“SLC-4E is an existing launch complex that would require minimal modifications to accommodate the Falcon 9 and Falcon 9-Heavy programs, thus minimizing adverse environmental impacts,” the document notes….

The firm had once intended to launch its first Falcon 1 rocket from Space Launch Complex-3 West but had to abandon those plans when the Air Force’s Atlas 5 rocket moved into the nearby SLC-3 East. Since then, Falcon rockets have flown from Florida and the Kwajalein Atoll in the central Pacific Ocean.

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