Martinez and SpaceX founder discuss Brownsville project

Posted: Monday, February 18, 2013 10:34 pm

BY STEVE CLARK THE BROWNSVILLE HERALD

On Valentine’s Day, Brownsville Mayor Tony Martinez met with Elon Musk, billionaire founder of Space Exploration Technologies Corporation — SpaceX.

Boca Chica beach, east of Brownsville on State Highway 4, is on the shortlist for a commercial rocket launch site the Hawthorne, Calif.-based aerospace cargo firm is looking to build.

It would augment SpaceX’s current launch site in Cape Canaveral, Fla., and another site nearing completion at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

Georgia, Puerto Rico and another potential site in Florida are on the shortlist as well, though none of those sites came up during Martinez’s half-hour meeting with Musk, the mayor said. Likewise, neither Musk nor his staff brought up any major obstacles to locating the launch site at Boca Chica, Martinez said.

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