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FAA License for Georgia Rocket Launch Site Draws Federal Lawsuit

May 20, 2022, 8:17 PM

The Federal Aviation Administration violated the law when it approved a license for a rocket launch site in Georgia based on the evaluation of a rocket that doesn’t exist, conservation groups and homeowners told a Washington federal court.

The lawsuit filed in the US District Court for the District of Columbia challenges a launch site operator license issued for Spaceport Camden in Camden County. The county needed to show a launch vehicle could be launched safely from the site. But the county used a rocket smaller than any in commercial operation solely to secure the license, the lawsuit says.

The ...