SpaceX Looks to Expand Operations at Port Canaveral

Credit: SpaceX
Credit: SpaceX

With a hangar full of used Falcon 9 first stages, SpaceX is looking to expand its operations along Florida’s Space Coast.

The space launch company plans to lease the now-vacant former Spacehab building on the north side of the port, and is looking at constructing a second building on vacant land adjacent to that site, [Port Canaveral CEO John] Murray told port commissioners.

SpaceX is expected to process and refurbish rockets, as well as potentially perform other functions, at the port, Murray said.

“We’re happy to announce that they’re onboard,” he said. “It’s good for the port, it’s good for the community, and it’s a high-visibility project. So we’re really excited about that. They’re a great client to have on our port. It’s a win-win for everybody.”

A formal lease agreement with SpaceX could come before port commissioners for approval as early as next month. In the meantime, Murray said SpaceX plans to move into the 52,000-square-foot former Spacehab building through a temporary property-use permit between the company and the port.

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