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SpaceX leases several large facilities in Brownsville, Texas

Capitalism in space: In a clear sign that SpaceX plans to expand its Starship/Superheavy operations in Boca Chica, Texas, it has now leased several large facilities in nearby Brownsville.

Earlier this month, the company signed leases with the Brownsville South Padre Island Airport (BRO) for 46,000 square feet of warehouse space and a neighboring private industrial park owned by PacVentures for 60,000 square feet of warehouse space. Francisco Partida, the airport’s special projects manager, said talks with SpaceX about leasing the former Taylorcraft building at 2100 Les Mauldin Road began in mid-July.

The company was looking for 100,000 square feet of warehouse, which the airport couldn’t supply, though SpaceX found the additional square footage it needed in the privately owned industrial park at 1900 Billy Mitchell Blvd., he said.

SpaceX has also committed about a half million dollars to repairing and refurbishing the airport warehouse.

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3 comments

  • V-Man

    Once they get Starship flying reliably, hold on to your hats. They are going to start cranking out so many copies of the suckers every month that Musk will have to open more side corporations (like Starlink) to generate loads for them: orbital hotels, space telescopes, Mars colony equipment, Moon base equipment, spacesuit manufacture…

  • Jeff Wright

    It has been willed from above…..Billy Mitchell Blvd.?

    Only SpaceX is worthy of being at that address.

  • Edward

    This shows that the economic model, which is often taught, that there is one pie to share, is wrong. If there is only one pie, then for one person to get rich, to get more pie, then others must necessarily get poorer, get less pie.

    One of the beauties of free market capitalism is that anyone can choose to bake more pie, perhaps of a different flavor than the one available pie*. If the baker cannot afford the ingredients or the equipment, then he can band together with others to pool money in order to afford to bake the pie. SpaceX is doing this in Brownsville. It is pooling money to build Starship and Starlink, and it is now sharing pie with Brownsville (trading pie for warehouse space). SpaceX’s services should lead to more products becoming available from space, adding even more pies to the economy. It is an upward spiral, spreading wealth and prosperity.

    * I am pondering running down to Marie Callender’s or some other pie shop to get a banana cream pie. I haven’t had a piece in a decade and all this talk of pies is beginning to give me a craving. I can always start another diet tomorrow.

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