Construction at SpaceX’s new spaceport about to begin


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The competition heats up: SpaceX has begun prepping the construction sites at its private spaceport in Brownsville, Texas.

The county has begun work on a road to where the spaceport command center will be, and SpaceX has established its construction headquarters in a double-wide trailer there. It is expected that actual construction of the command center will begin in August, with the launchpad construction to follow.

The expected cost for building the entire spaceport: $100 million. Compare that to the billions the Russians are spending for Vostochny, or the billions that NASA spends on comparable facilities.

2 comments

  • geoffc

    When you look at the maps of the area, much of it is under water, and there does not really seem like a lot of land there for them to use. Or grow.

  • Tom Billings

    “When you look at the maps of the area, much of it is under water, and there does not really seem like a lot of land there for them to use. Or grow.”

    Which is pretty much how Cape Canaveral looked in 1949. This is coastal land, and tidal. That was the basis for opposition from Austin-based Greenies. They are afraid that success will mean growth to the North, along the coast. IMHO, if and when the 10m diameter Raptor-propelled launchers fly, it should be from Roosevelt Roads, in Puerto Rico. Those must be shipped by sea or air to any launch site, and so the advantage of delivery by road will not help Brownsville.

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