Elon Musk's SpaceX eyes Florida for launch site for Mars rocket

Elon Musk's SpaceX eyes Florida for launch site for Mars rocket
August 2, 2019
August 2, 2019 4:32 PM EDT
In this handout image provided by NASA, A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket carrying 24 satellites as part of the Department of Defense's Space Test Program-2 (STP-2) mission launches from Launch Complex 39A, Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Getty Images
ORLANDO — Elon Musk’s SpaceX is expanding its facilities in Florida to make room for the space company’s forthcoming super heavy-lift launch vehicle dubbed Starship, according to a draft of the plans seen by Reuters on Friday.
Starship, a 117-meter reusable two-stage rocket taller than the Statue of Liberty, is a central piece of Musk’s interplanetary space travel ambitions as well as U.S. space agency NASA’s goal to send humans to the moon again by 2024.
The Starship rocket is expected to launch up to 24 times a year from SpaceX’s current flagship launchpad 39A, the draft of the company’s environmental assessment said.
SpaceX did not specify in the report when it would reach that cadence, but Musk said in September 2018 he wanted to be conducting orbital flights with Starship in two to three years.
SpaceX’s launchpad 39A would support NASA’s future moon missions from the same Kennedy Space Center site used for the Apollo lunar missions a half-century ago.
“They’re moving very fast,” said Dale Ketcham, vice president of government relations at Space Florida, the state’s commercial space development agency.
“This is actually getting closer to what Elon got into this business for to begin with. This is fundamental infrastructure to get to Mars, the early stages of it,” he said.
SpaceX has also suffered a number of program delays and mishaps over the years on its various space endeavours.
In April, one of the company’s Crew Dragon capsules exploded on a test stand, raising fresh scheduling doubts over a flagship NASA astronaut taxi program.
Dozens of U.S.-based space companies have been scrambling to heed NASA’s goal of sending humans back to the lunar surface by 2024, an accelerated timeline set by Vice President Mike Pence in March.
Separately, Boeing Co is developing NASA’s colossal Space Launch System to anchor the agency’s moon-to-Mars Artemis program, though it is years behind schedule.
SpaceX said in its draft environmental assessment that Starship will make return landings on the Air Force landing pad currently used for the company’s Falcon 9 boosters.
The company is also considering a plan to install another landing site at the 39A pad.
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The first booster stage will land on SpaceX’s unmanned barge some 482.8 km off Florida’s coast, the draft said.
This week, NASA said it plans to work with SpaceX to figure out how to land rockets on the lunar surface and develop a refuelling station for deeper space exploration.
“Orbital refilling is vital to humanity’s future in space,” Musk tweeted on Thursday. “More likely spacecraft to spacecraft (as aircraft do aerial refuelling), than a dedicated depot, at least at first.
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Godspeed, Elon.
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Godspeed, Elon.

Old news.

Do try and keep up old fella.
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Godspeed, Elon.
Is was Trumps fault. All that hot air created bad weather.

What a failure.
I hope SpaceX is a complete success
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Godspeed, Elon. He went to school in ON.
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I hope SpaceX is a complete success

Who doesn’t?

Well, maybe Lockheed Martin but nobody else.

I also want Tesla to be a success.

Elon is a brilliant dude.
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