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Final Environmental Assessment for the Sea Launch Project

By Tutangata, Tamarii

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Title: Final Environmental Assessment for the Sea Launch Project  
Author: Tutangata, Tamarii
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Language: English
Subject: Aviation, Federal Aviation Administration Command Center (U.S.), Mechanical engineering.
Collection: Space and Aviation eDocuments Collection
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Historic
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Publisher: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
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Excerpt: This Environmental Assessment becomes a Federal document when evaluated and signed by the responsible Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Official.

Table of Contents
TABLE OF CONTENTS Page TABLE OF CONTENTS..................................................................................................................................... i LIST OF FIGURES .............................................................................................................................................v LIST OF TABLES............................................................................................................................................. vi LIST OF ACRONYMS..................................................................................................................................... vii 1. PURPOSE AND NEED FOR PROPOSED ACTION................................................................................. 1-1 1.1 INTRODUCTION ............................................................................................................................................ 1-1 1.2 PURPOSE AND NEED FOR ACTION .................................................................................................................... 1-1 1.3 BACKGROUND............................................................................................................................................... 1-2 1.3.1 Boeing Sea Launch Limited Partnership ................................................................................................ 1-2 1.3.2 Environmental Assessment Scope........................................................................................................... 1-2 1.3.3 Public Involvement ............................................................................................................................... 1-2 1.34.4 Other Environmental Analyses............................................................................................................. 1-2 2. ALTERNATIVES AND PROPOSED SEA LAUNCH ACTION ............................................................... 2-1 2.1 PROPOSED ACTION........................................................................................................................................ 2-1 2.2 ALTERNATIVE ACTIONS ................................................................................................................................ 2-2 2.2.1 Alternative Launch Vehicles .................................................................................................................. 2-3 2.2.2 Alternative Launch Locations ................................................................................................................ 2-4 2.2.2.1 Public Safety ................................................................................................................................................... 2-4 2.2.2.2 Environmental Protection ................................................................................................................................ 2-4 2.2.2.3 Secondary Criteria for Launch Location Selection............................................................................................. 2-5 2.3 NO ACTION ALTERNATIVE ............................................................................................................................. 2-5 3. AFFECTED ENVIRONMENT ................................................................................................................... 3-1 3.1 OVERVIEW .................................................................................................................................................... 3-1 3.2 TECTONIC HISTORY ...................................................................................................................................... 3-2 3.3 PHYSICAL, CHEMICAL, AND BIOLOGICAL REGIMES AND FOOD CHAIN............................................................... 3-3 3.4 ATMOSPHERIC PROCESSES AND CHEMICAL MASS BALANCE ............................................................................. 3-6 3.4.1 Atmospheric Boundary Layer................................................................................................................. 3-6 3.4.2 Free Troposphere ................................................................................................................................. 3-6 3.4.3 Stratosphere.......................................................................................................................................... 3-7 3.4.4 Mesosphere and Above .......................................................................................................................... 3-7 3.5 EXISTING SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC CONDITIONS............................................................................................... 3-7 3.5.1 Kiribati Islands..................................................................................................................................... 3-7 3.5.2 Galapagos Islands ................................................................................................................................ 3-8 3.5.3 Home Port ............................................................................................................................................ 3-9 3.6 LEGAL FRAMEWORK...................................................................................................................................... 3-9 4. ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS................................................................................................................. 4-1 4.1 OVERVIEW .................................................................................................................................................... 4-1 4.2 IMPACTS OF NO ACTION ................................................................................................................................ 4-3 4.3 LAUNCH LOCATION AND RANGE ACTIVITIES ................................................................................................... 4-3 4.3.1 Pre-Launch Operations......................................................................................................................... 4-3 4.3.2 Launch and Flight................................................................................................................................. 4-4

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