Accession Number:

ADA252707

Title:

Environmental Assessment: Single Stage Rocket Technology DC-X Test Program

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

STRATEGIC DEFENSE INITIATIVE ORGANIZATION WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1992-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

150.0

Abstract:

The National Environmental Policy Act NEPA, the Council on Environmental Quality CEQ regulations implementing NEPA 40 CFR Parts 1500- 1508, and U.S. Department of Defense DoD Directive 6050.1 direct that decision-makers take into account environmental consequences when authorizing or approving major federal actions. This environmental assessment EA evaluates the environmental consequences of conducting activities for the SSRT test program. The purpose of the proposed action is to provide SDIO with a suborbital, recoverable rocket SRR capable of lifting up to 3,000 pounds of payload to an altitude of 1.5 million feet returning to the launch site for a precise soft landing with the capability to launch for another mission within three to seven days. To support these requirements, the proposed action involves validation and testing of a DC-X vehicle. Component assembly of the vehicle will take place at Scaled Composites, Inc., Mojave, CA Chicago Bridge and Iron, Cordova, AL Pratt and Whitney, West Palm Beach, FL, Aerojet, Sacramento, CA and McDonnell Douglas Space Systems Company, Beach, CA. Static test firing activities will occur at NASAWhite Sands Test Facility Huntington WSTF, WSMR, New Mexico, and launch activities will occur at White Sands Space Harbor WSSH, WSMR, New Mexico. No significant impacts are anticipated to the environment at the engineering contractor facilities, NASAWSTF, or WSSH.

Subject Categories:

  • Antimissile Defense Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE