But saving money wasn't the only reason SpaceX and CEO Elon Musk went for the Lone Star State. When it comes to blasting rocket into orbit, location matters.
The southern tip of Texas — and the southernmost point in the continental U.S. — is closer to the Equator than Cape Canaveral in Florida. The closer a launch site is to the Equator, the more the rocket can take advantage of the Earth's rotation to pick up extra speed to achieve and remain in orbit.
This is why the European Space Agency launches rockets from French Guiana, which is considerably closer to the Equator than Texas or Florida.
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