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How SpaceX and Elon Musk could delay your next flight

the Federal Aviation Administration
SpaceX Falcon Heavy
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Space Data Integrator
National Airspace System
Virgin Galactic
the Colorado Air and Space Port
The Air Line Pilots Association
Disney World

John Tiliacos
Elon Musk’s
Ian Petchenik
Peter DeFazio

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Spaceport America

Palm Beach International Airport
Jacksonville International Airport
Tampa International Airport
Falcon 9
the Denver International Airport

Cape Canaveral
Daytona Beach
the United States
New Mexico

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The New York Times
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In order to break through the atmosphere and reach outer space, rockets must first travel through airspace that’s monitored by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which oversees air traffic control centers and flight navigation throughout the country. For example, a SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch in 2018 — the same flight that infamously shot Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster into space — impacted 563 flights, created 4,645 total minutes of delays, and forced planes to fly an extra 34,841 nautical miles, according to data from the FAA. In some cases, the agency has been able to reduce that time to just 30 minutes.“An end goal of the FAA efforts is to reduce delays, route deviations, fuel burn, and emissions by commercial airlines and other National Airspace System users as the frequency of commercial space operations increase,” the agency said in a statement.And the frequency of launches is picking up. The FAA has already licensed more than a dozen different spaceport locations in the United States, including Spaceport America in New Mexico, where Virgin Galactic launched its first flight last summer, as well as the Colorado Air and Space Port, a space transportation facility located just six miles from the Denver International Airport.

As said here by Rebecca Heilweil