SpaceX Breaks Ground on Private Spaceport in Texas

February 4, 2014 – 09:06 am

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk (center) breaks ground on a new commercial launch site in Brownsville, Texas with Governor Rick Perry (right) on Sept. 22, 2014. The new spaceport will be operated solely by SpaceX.Artist's illustration of SpaceX's planned spaceport in South Texas, which broke ground on Sept. 22, 2014 and should begin launching commercial satellites to orbit in 2016.
Credit: SpaceX

"With today's groundbreaking at Boca Chica Beach, we will begin an investment in South Texas that will create hundreds of jobs and, over time, contribute hundreds of millions of dollars into the local economy, " Musk added.

Texas offered SpaceX about $15 million in incentives to build the spaceport within the state's borders. The facility should be operational by 2016, SpaceX representatives said.

The Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX currently launches its Falcon 9 rockets from pads at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, as well as California's Vandenberg Air Force Base. The company also has a lease to use NASA's historic Launch Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and launched its first Falcon 1 rockets from a remote launch site on Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific Ocean.

SpaceX holds a $1.6 billion deal to fly 12 robotic cargo missions to the International Space Station (ISS) for NASA using the company's Dragon capsule and Falcon 9 rocket. And last week NASA announced that it had awarded SpaceX $2.6 billion to ferry astronauts to and from the space station with an upgraded version of Dragon, beginning in 2017. (NASA also gave Boeing $4.2 billion in another astronaut-taxi contract.)

But SpaceX's ISS cargo and crew missions won't blast off from the new Texas spaceport, which is designed just for commercial satellites. Resupply flights to the orbiting lab — three of which SpaceX has already completed, with a fourth underway at the moment — will continue to launch from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, while crewed missions will lift off from NASA's Kennedy Space Center, which is right next door.

Texas State Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr., who worked with the governor's office to get the $15 million allocated for the SpaceX incentives, said he has high hopes for the new spaceport.

"I hope the new launch site will propel a dramatic culture change in our region of the state, encouraging more of our children to pursue careers in engineering and science, " Lucio said in a statement. "Future generations of South Texas residents will look to this site and know that not even the sky is the limit for where their dreams may take them."

Follow Mike Wall on Twitter @michaeldwall and Google+. Follow us @Spacedotcom, Facebook or Google+. Originally published on


NASA Commercial Crew Human Spaceflight Program for Transport to the International Space Station (ISS): SpaceX Dragon and Boeing CST-100 Contracts, Safety Reviews, History and Update Reports
eBooks (Progressive Management)

You might also like:

SpaceX in Brownsville, Texas-Tranforming Destiny
SpaceX in Brownsville, Texas-Tranforming Destiny
ACESR Spacex Dragon Berthed At Iss Non Slip Large Mouse Pad Cloth Top Rubber Base 327*280*3MM
Office Product (ACESR)
  • Excellent tracking for all mice
  • Smooth Cloth Surface
  • Non-skid base securely holds the mouse pad in place
  • Large Mouse Pad for Gaming, office
  • Dye Sublimation imprinted
ACESR Samsung Galaxy S6 Case, Spacex Dragon Berthed At Iss Photo Printed Case for Samsung Galaxy S6 PC Plastic Hard Case White
Wireless (ACESR)
  • Designed for the Lastest Samsung Galaxy S6(2015), NOT for Samsung Galaxy Edge
  • Rugged Polycarbonate Plastic Hard Case
  • Access to all ports, controls & sensors.
  • Create a custom case with your favorite photos and designs
  • Thermal transfer, Photo Printed in the plastic plate
Wallmonkeys Stocktrek Images - The Spacex Dragon Commercial Cargo Craft Berthed to the Iss Peel and Stick Wall Decal by Wallmonkeys
Home (Wallmonkeys)
  • Premium quality fabric material sticks to virtually any surface. A great addition to the nursery, kids room, bedroom, living room, kitchen, or even bathroom!
  • Simply peel and stick our custom wall decals; Remove and reuse up to 100 times. We know you will love them!
  • Our removable wall stickers are made in the USA!
  • Will not damage your walls; No sticky residue. We only sell premium designer items.
  • Custom printed for you at time of order. Don t buy a cheap imitation - Wallmonkeys decals are the original premium wall decals!
NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services: A New Era in Spaceflight - History of International Space Station (ISS) Cargo and Crew, SpaceX, Orbital Sciences, Bigelow
eBooks (Progressive Management)

Related posts:

  1. SpaceX Jobs Brownsville Texas
  2. SpaceX Brownsville TX Location
  3. SpaceX Rocket Crash News
  4. SpaceX Brownsville News