Stimulus Money Could Double SpaceX’s McGregor Workforce


Stimulus funds could boost SpaceX workforce in McGregor

SpaceX, which tests rockets in McGregor, is competing for up to $150 million in federal stimulus dollars. It would use the money to develop rockets that could haul people to the International Space Station.

SpaceX officials say that the company probably could double the size of its McGregor facility, from 80 to 160, if it receives a significant percentage of the $150 million.

But securing the money won’t come easily.

U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Alabama, is fighting hard to get some, if not all, of the $150 million for a program in his state: development of the Constellation rocket program meant to replace the space shuttle when the shuttle retires after 2010.

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