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SpaceX to build its first commercial spaceport in Texas

Above: The SpaceX rocket development lab in McGregor, Texas.

Image Credit: SpaceX

Brownsville is about to get much more famous.

Today, Gov. Rick Perry (R) announced that California-based commercial space-travel startup SpaceX had reached an agreement to build its first commercial spaceport and launch pad in Texas. The deal included a generous incentive package worth $15.3 million to make it happen.

Per terms of the deal, SpaceX will build a control center in Cameron County, Texas, with a launch facility in Brownsville. The city’s local newspaper, the Brownsville Herald, indicated that SpaceX expects to launch 12 orbital rockets per year.


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Perry’s office indicated that discussions with SpaceX had been ongoing for years. In fact, CEO and founder Elon Musk even suggested that Texas would be the site of its spaceport during a keynote discussion at SXSW event back in 2013, as VentureBeat previously reported.

“Texas has been on the forefront of our nation’s space exploration efforts for decades, so it is fitting that SpaceX has chosen our state as they expand the frontiers of commercial space flight,” Perry said in a statement.

Texas already has a NASA space center in Houston and an existing SpaceX rocket development lab in McGregor, Texas. And now, the state can add Brownsville to its space-launching list.

 

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8 comments
Carl Foisy
Carl Foisy

No one will mess with it now... #Texas

Teresa Larsen
Teresa Larsen

I'm from the island across from where it will be- this is one of the hugest economic stimulators that the RGV has ever seen! Very very stokkkked!!! Www.popwwweb.com :)

Ann Hudspeth
Ann Hudspeth

While I loathe my governor, I'm psyched to see Mr Musk's ventures venture here. Now bring us a Tesla plant!!

Juan Perez
Juan Perez

Hell yea score another one for Texas!!!

Paul Vance
Paul Vance

ahhh finally some good news today

Asaad Hutchinson
Asaad Hutchinson

Elon Musk makes his move. Gigafactory and this, he's busy.