Incidental Take Authorization: SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Recovery Activities in California and the Pacific Ocean

Overview

Authority
Marine Mammal Protection Act
Action Status
Notice
Published
12/26/2017

Summary

NOAA Fisheries issued an Incidental Harassment Authorization to 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. 

Example trajectory for Falcon 9 first stage return path (green line) to SLC4

Example trajectory for Falcon 9 first stage return path (green line) to Launch complex

 

Estimated landing noise of first stage Falcon 9 at Launch Complex SLC4

Estimated landing noise of first stage Falcon 9 at Launch Complex SLC4

Last updated by Office of Protected Resources on 10/25/2019