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Incidental Take Authorization: SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Recovery Activities in California (2018)


Marine Mammal Protection Act
Action Status


NOAA Fisheries received a request from Space Exploration Technology Corporation (SpaceX) for authorization to take marine mammals incidental to boost-back and landing of Falcon 9 rockets at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, and at contingency landing locations in the Pacific Ocean. Space Exploration Technology Corporation (SpaceX) withdrew it's application on May 2, 2019.

Lanch and Landing Areas near Vandenberg CA

Launch and Landing Areas

Map showing trajectories across CA

Trajectories of First (green) and Second (Yellow) Stages

Last updated on 05/28/2019