SpaceX Announces Plans to Build Launch Pad Facility in South Texas

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Welcome to Brownsville, Texas, SpaceX.

The private spaceflight firm choose the city on the southern tip of Texas — near Boca Chica Beach — as the site of a new launch pad on Monday. SpaceX and Tesla founder Elon Musk announced SpaceX’s plans in a press release from Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s office.

The SpaceX facility will reportedly include “a vertical launch area and control center to support 12 commercial launches per year,” and launch spacecrafts like “the Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy and smaller reusable, suborbital launch vehicles,” according to local newspaper The Brownsville Herald. Read more…

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