The Federal Aviation Administration's final environmental review of the proposal to build a private rocket launch site in South Texas has found few unavoidable impacts and says the project is unlikely to jeopardize any protected species.
The environmental review released Thursday does not guarantee that the FAA would issue launch licenses to California-based SpaceX, but it was a critical step for the project.
SpaceX has proposed launching 12 rockets per year from a site east of Brownsville called Boca Chica Beach.
SpaceX founder and chief executive Elon Musk indicated last month that the company planned to develop the launch site there.
Sites in Florida, Georgia and Puerto Rico had been considered as well, but the Texas site was always much further along in the permitting process.