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Final Environmental Assessment: For the Construction of the Satellite Operations Support Facility on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

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Pursuant to the Council on Environmental Quality regulations, the provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 40 CFR Parts 1500-1508 and Environmental impact Analysis Process 32 CFR Part 989, the United States Air Force USAF conducted an Environmental Assessment EA, hereby incorporated by reference, of the potential environmental consequences and of constructing a Satellite Operations Support Facility SOSF and the no action alternative. The Proposed Action is to build a permanent, 25,500 square foot technical operations support facility that would hold approximately 180 USAF and Department of Defense DoD contractor personnel who will support satellite programs assigned to the 45 Space Wing and each programs respective expendable booster. Close working proximity to satellite processing facilities is essential to enable personnel to effectively perform these functions for satellite payloads prior to their encapsulation and delivery to the launch vehicle. The proposed location would be selected to minimize hazard to personnel, as well as allow walking distance access by operations personnel to reduce lost time during each processing flow shift. The site selection and building criteria for the proposed facility requires the facility to be located near existing satellite processing facilities, but outside explosive Quantity Distance clear zones. One alternate location was considered for the construction of the SOSF. The alternate site location evaluated was in an area approximately 400 to the east of the Proposed Action area however, safety concerns associated with personnel crossing busy road to access the parking lot prevents construction at this site. Additionally, several lines of site from radar and camera sites to Launch Complex 36 run through this area, which precludes construction at this site as well.

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  • Civil Engineering
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Unmanned Spacecraft

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