Musk, Brownsville Mayor Meet to Discuss Commercial Launch Facility

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Steve Clark of The Brownsville Herald reports that SpaceX CEO Elon Musk met with Brownsville Mayor Tony Martinez last week to discuss plans for a commercial launch facility south of the city.

…neither Musk nor his staff brought up any major obstacles to locating the launch site at Boca Chica, Martinez said.

“He just said where are we on the project; what else needs to be done?” he said.

What else needs to be done: An Environmental Impact Statement has yet to be completed and a waiver granted, if possible, through the Legislature to the state’s public beach access law. The waiver would be necessary to legally close the beach for a period of time before and after each launch.

Launches would take place no more than once a month after the site became fully operational, according to the company.

A second EIS hearing is set to take place in April, with the EIS itself expected to be completed this summer. SpaceX could make a decision on where to locate the new launch site in the third or fourth quarter of this year.

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