Report: Falcon plan OK for environment
Santa Maria Times
A companyâ€™s plan to bring a new rocket to an old launch pad wonâ€™t cause any significant environmental problems, according to a review of Space Exploration Technologiesâ€™ 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 fromÂ Space Launch Complex-4 East, a former Titan 4 launch facility on South Base.
â€œSLC-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,â€ 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 Forceâ€™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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