As the commercial space market continues to develop and mature, the State of Hawaii is uniquely positioned to be an active participant in this industry. The Hawaii Department of Transportation – Airports (HDOT-A) proposes to use the runway at Kona International Airport at Keahole (KOA or the Airport) as an operation site for horizontally launched and landed reusable launch vehicles (RLVs). This site would be considered a commercial space launch site and would be an alternative to existing federal facilities and other commercial sites supporting horizontally launched and landed RLVs.
To operate a commercial space launch site, HDOT-A must obtain a launch site operator license from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). In accordance with FAA Orders 1050.1F and 5050.4B, and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the FAA is preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Proposed Action at the Kona International Airport at Keahole. This website has been created to provide information for those interested in learning more about the Proposed Action and EA.
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