Agreement Reached on Beach Closings for Likely SpaceX Launch Complex

Artist's conception of the proposed SpaceX commercial launch facility near Brownsville, Texas.
Artist’s conception of the proposed SpaceX commercial launch facility near Brownsville, Texas.

A brief update from Brownsville, where officials have reached an agreement on how to close beaches if SpaceX builds a new commercial spaceport along the Texas Gulf Coast:

Cameron County and the Texas General Land Office have signed a memorandum of agreement outlining how the county will handle the temporary closure of Boca Chica Beach for possible rocket launches.

Under the agreement, the GLO will make the final decision about whether to approve beach closures for rocket launches.

Those launches would be conducted by SpaceX, or Space Exploration Tech-nologies Inc., if the company builds a launchpad in rural Cameron County.

The company has yet to announce a decision about possible establishment of such a new aerospace facility in Cameron County and is awaiting approval for a federal launch license from the Federal Aviation Administration.

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