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Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Commercial Reentry Vehicles

By Federal Aviation Administration

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Book Id: WPLBN0000695892
Format Type: PDF eBook
File Size: 1.08 MB
Reproduction Date: 2005
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Title: Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Commercial Reentry Vehicles  
Author: Federal Aviation Administration
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Language: English
Subject: Aviation, Federal Aviation Administration Command Center (U.S.), Mechanical engineering.
Collections: Space and Aviation eDocuments Collection
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Publisher: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

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Administration, F. A. (n.d.). Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Commercial Reentry Vehicles. Retrieved from http://nationalpubliclibrary.info/


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Description: This file contains information about the current U.S. and foreign reentry capsule programs.

Table of Contents
TABLE OF CONTENTS EXECUTIVE SUMMARY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ES-1 LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS and ACRONYMS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ACR-1 1.0 INTRODUCTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-1 1.1 Purpose . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-1 1.2 Scope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-2 1.3 Format . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3 2.0 PROPOSED ACTION AND ALTERNATIVES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-1 2.1 Proposed Action . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-1 2.2 Alternative Actions - No Action . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-9 3.0 DESCRIPTION OF THE EXISTING ENVIRONMENT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-1 3.1 The Atmosphere . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-1 3.1.1 Upper Atmosphere . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-1 3.1.1.1 Ionosphere . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-1 3.1.1.2 Mesosphere . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-3 3.1.1.3 Stratosphere . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-3 3.1.2 Lower Atmosphere (Troposphere) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-4 3.2 Objects in Space . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-5 3.3 Site-Specific Environment (Earth's Surface) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-6 4.0 ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS AND CONSEQUENCES OF THE PROPOSED ACTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-1 4.1 Atmospheric Effects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-1 4.1.1 Upper Atmosphere . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-1 4.1.1.1 Changes in Electron Concentrations . . . . . . . . . . 4-6 4.1.1.2 Effects on the Ozone Layer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-7 4.1.2 Lower Atmosphere . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-12 4.2 Noise Sources and Effects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-15 4.2.1 Reentry Operations (Sonic Booms) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-15 4.2.2 Landing Operations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-22 4.2.3 Summary Of Acoustic Noise Effects On The Environment . . . . . 4-23 4.3 Landing Effects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-24 4.3.1 Water Quality . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-24 4.3.2 Heat Dissipating Effects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-26 4.3.3 Accidental Fuel Release . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-26 4.3.4 Accidental Hazardous Material/Waste Release . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-27

 

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