Environmental Assessment For The Falcon Launch Vehicle Program at Vanderberg Air Force Base


SCH Number
Lead Agency
U.S. Air Force
Document Title
Environmental Assessment For The Falcon Launch Vehicle Program at Vanderberg Air Force Base
Document Type
EA - Environmental Assessment
Present Land Use
The site is currently a decommissioned launch facility

Document Description
The Falcon Launch Vehicle Program is a commercial venture by Space Exploration Technologies, Inc. (Space X). Space X is a privately held company that is developing the Falcon Launch vehicle Program as a method to put small space craft into orbit with high reliability and low cost from launch facilities at Vanderberg Air Force Base (AFB). Space X proposes to operate its Falcon Launch Vehicle Program to provide commercial launch services at Space Launch Complex 3 West at Vandenberg AFB. The Falcon Launch vehicle is a light-lift, two-stage vehicle that utilizes only liquid fuels. A maximum of two to three launches from Vandenberg AFB would be conducted per year beginning with on in 2003, one to two in 2004, two to three in 2005, and three per year through 2006, after which continuation of the program would be reevaluated.

Contact Information
Tara Wiskowski
U.S. Air Force
806 13th Street, Suite 116
Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA 93437

Phone : (805) 606-2814


Santa Barbara
State Highways
246, 1
Santa Ynez River

Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
Review Period End
Development Type
Other (refurbishment of launch facility)
Local Action
Other Action Other Action: Launch Program
Project Issues
Aesthetic/Visual Air Quality Archaeologic-Historic Coastal Zone Drainage/Absorption Economics/Jobs Flood Plain/Flooding Geologic/Seismic Noise Recreation/Parks Sewer Capacity Soil Erosion/Compaction/Grading Solid Waste Toxic/Hazardous Traffic/Circulation Vegetation Water Quality Water Supply Wetland/Riparian Wildlife Growth Inducing Land Use Cumulative Effects
Reviewing Agencies
Air Resources Board, Airport/Energy Projects California Coastal Commission California Department of Parks and Recreation California Highway Patrol Caltrans, District 5 Caltrans, Division of Aeronautics Department of Conservation Department of Fish and Wildlife, Region 5 Department of Water Resources Native American Heritage Commission Office of Historic Preservation Regional Water Quality Control Board, Region 3 Resources Agency State Lands Commission
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