The FAA Says SpaceX Can’t Expand Its Texas Launch Site — Yet

Mariel Borowitz

Posted June 13, 2022

External Article: Wired

Mariel Borowitz, associate professor in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, talked to Wired about environmental concerns delaying SpaceX's upgrades to its Starbase facility in Boca Chica, Texas.

An excerpt:

“There’s always some chance you’ll have a failure in that first 30 seconds to a minute, where it would be close enough to the ground where you’ll see debris fall. I think it’s a very small chance—and this is what the FAA will quantify—maybe less likely than being hit by lightning. But the chance isn’t zero. What if a rocket blows up and it lands in a wildlife refuge or over someone’s house?” asks Mariel Borowitz, a space policy expert at Georgia Tech.