Pre-launch and Launch Operations of ABL Space Systems RS1 at Launch Complex 576-E, Vandenberg Space Force Base, California

Summary

SCH Number
2021100488
Lead Agency
United States Air Force (USAF)
Document Title
Pre-launch and Launch Operations of ABL Space Systems RS1 at Launch Complex 576-E, Vandenberg Space Force Base, California
Document Type
EA - Environmental Assessment
Received
Present Land Use
Existing decommissioned launch pad nearby to Space Launch Complex-2
Document Description
ABL Space Systems (ABL) proposes to operate the RS1 launch program at Launch Complex 576-E (LC 576-E) on VSFB, and perform associated infrastructure improvements at LC 576-E. The purpose of the Proposed Action, which supports National Space Policy compliance, is to provide reliable U.S. enterprise access to space through an efficient and deployable ground-based launch system with minimal infrastructure requirements. ABL's program helps fulfill the requirements of commercial and governmental entities in the small satellite orbital and suborbital market; namely, to provide small, responsive, efficient, commercially focused, and low-cost launch vehicles. The RS1 vehicle and Ground Support Operations design minimizes the need for ground infrastructure and would enable ABL to efficiently conduct lower cost VSFB launch missions to support commercial and government clients. ABL proposes to conduct up to 12 launches per year of the RS1 vehicle from LC 576-E.

Contact Information

Name
John LaBonte
Agency Name
ManTech SRS Technologies, Inc.
Contact Types
Consulting Firm

Name
Samantha Kaisersatt
Agency Name
USAF, Chief, Environmental Conservation
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Location

Cities
Goleta, Lompoc, Santa Barbara, Santa Maria
Counties
Santa Barbara
Regions
Southern California
Cross Streets
Tangair Road x Spur Road
Zip
93437
Total Acres
8.5
Parcel #
095-030-004
State Highways
n/a
Railways
Union Pacific Railroad
Airports
n/a
Schools
n/a
Waterways
n/a
Township
T7N
Range
R34W
Section
S
Other Location Info
Vandenberg Space Force Base

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
Development Types
Commercial (refurbishment of decomissioned launch facility & assoc. infrastr)(Sq. Ft. 43560, Acres 8.5, Employees 30)
Local Actions
Space Vehicle Launch Program
Project Issues
Air Quality, Biological Resources, Coastal Zone, Cultural Resources, Noise, Recreation, Solid Waste, Tribal Cultural Resources, Vegetation
Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Coastal Commission (CCC), California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, South Coast Region 5 (CDFW), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 5 (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation Planning (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Natural Resources Agency, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Coast Region 3 (RWQCB), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality

Attachments

Draft Environmental Document [Draft IS, NOI_NOA_Public notices, OPR Summary Form, Appx,]
Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form

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