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Guests: John Batchelor, Doug Messier, Dr. David Livingston. Topics: FAA approves Boca Chica for Super Heavy launches with conditions, environmental concerns, SpaceX internal descent, and more.
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John Batchelor and I welcomed back Doug Messier of Parabolic Arc to discuss the recent FAA approval for Starship Super Heavy launches from Boca Chica, at least for now the demo suborbital flights. Five flights were approved per year. Doug was not sure of the appeals process for more flights plus there was a list of mitigation items SpaceX would need to comply with over time. In the meantime, Doug pointed that SpaceX was moving forward with the added launch facilities for the big rocket at the Cape. Doug talked about environmental issues and some of the impact given the size of the giant SpaceX rocket. Also discussed was the ISS and the users of the National Lab.
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