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Supporters and opponents of SpaceX launch site air their concerns

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Enlarge / Rendering of SpaceX’s Boca Chica launch site with FAA annotations. (credit: FAA)

The Federal Aviation Administration convened the first of two virtual public hearings on Monday evening to solicit public comments on SpaceX’s plan to launch its Starship rocket from South Texas.

The hearing, which lasted nearly four hours, drew passionate support for SpaceX’s plans to expand its Starbase facility as well as heated opposition. Limited to comments of three┬áminutes or less, nearly five dozen people spoke during the hearing over Zoom.

By my informal counting, the comments tallied 39 in favor of the project and 18 against. The comments in favor of SpaceX were more likely to come from out of state, from people generally appreciative of the company’s efforts to make humanity a “multiplanetary species.” However, there were plenty of local supporters as well.

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