Elon Musk's SpaceX Received a Thumbs Up for the Construction of the so-called BFR ̵
The rocket will be built in the port and not at the company's headquarters in Hawthorne, California, as the BFR will be large enough to be transported on a seagoing vessel to Cape Canaveral, Florida via the Panama Canal. The new rocket production facility will be built on 19 hectares of land on the mostly artificial island that forms part of the port.
This property is not much to see today. It was largely abandoned since 2005, when the Southwest Marine shipyard was shut down. The site was first developed a century ago in 1918 by the then Southwestern Shipbuilding, which built merchant ships for the government.
According to the Los Angeles Conservancy, the company set speed records for shipbuilding in this early era, a legacy that Musk is certainly interested in considering its bias toward aggressive project timelines.
In fact, SpaceX Construction and Real Estate Director Bruce McHugh said on Thursday that the company's production of the company's large rocket could be in full swing in about three to five years. Although "Elon wants it much faster," he said.
Another company took over the shipyard in the 1920s and built 40 destroyers during World War II. At the same time, a dark era in American history began on Terminal Island. A community of nearly 3,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans thrived on the island in the early 1940s, with a focus on a booming canned tuna industry. These inhabitants of the terminal island became the first Japanese Americans to be forcibly relocated to internment camps during the war.
A memorial to the original Japanese fishing village on Terminal Island, which was bulldozed after leaving its inhabitants, is now across from SpaceX, where it hopes to build a business and eventually set up a 200,000-square-meter rocket factory
When BFR comes to Mars, it will not be the first highly anticipated flight coming from Terminal Island. After the Second World War, American businessman Howard Hughes brought his own pet project to the island. And in 1946, the Hughes H-4 Hercules flying boat, better known as the "Spruce Goose", made its only and very short flight from the port.
Certainly, Elon Musk hopes his Terminal Island venture will lead to much longer flights than it helped for Hughes. If all goes according to Musk's ambitious plans, the BFR missiles built there will eventually help send thousands of us to Mars.
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