A Lot on the Line Credit : State of Texas

BY STEWART MONEY | MARCH 8, 2013 · 3:58 PM

Taking the Long View : A Commerical SpaceX Launch Facility

SpaceX founder Elon Musk is in Austin, Texas today, where he will be testifying before an appropriations committee of the Texas House of Representatives regarding his proposed plan to build a commercial launch facility for Falcon rockets in Cameron County, near Brownsville and only a few miles from the Mexican border. Among the four contenders for the site; Florida, Texas, Georgia and Puerto Rico, the Lone Star state is considered to be in the lead, in part because NASA has refused to transfer to development agency Space Florida, land north of the Kennedy Space Center near the now abandoned town of Shiloh. Recent comments from Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos that his company would also be interested in the Shiloh site as well do not appeared to have altered the circumstances. Texas though, is moving ahead with sense of purpose, as evidenced by a proposal being introduced this week which would permit the state to close adjacent sections of Boca Chica beach during launch activities, excluding the key summer holiday weekends.

One item which has not received much attention where the new spaceport is concerned though, is the possible role to be played by future launch vehicles beyond the current Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy.

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