The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) office of Commercial Space Transportation gave permission for a SpaceX launch site in Cameron County, Texas.
The FAA’s “Record of Decision” gave approval “to support the issuance of launch licenses and/or experimental permits that would allow Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) to launch the Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy orbital vertical launch vehicles and a variety of reusable suborbital launch vehicles from a launch site on privately owned property in Cameron County, Texas.”
SpaceX is a private space transport services company co-founded by entrepreneur Elon Musk, who also co-founded both PayPal and Tesla Motors. The proposed spaceport will most likely be used for commercial launches and sending supplies up to the International Space Station (ISS).
SpaceX will continue launching NASA-funded rockets from government facilities in Florida.
The upcoming launch site will perform up to 12 launches a year. The spaceport will let the company work on its own schedule, making it easier to perform launches without delays or scheduling conflicts.
The FAA’s “Record of Decision” can be viewed here for free.