Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has granted SpaceX permission to build its Mars-bound rocket in the Port of Los Angeles.
SpaceX plans to launch a Rocket and spaceship facility at the Port of Los Angeles, the target Elon Musk Advance Founders will help missions to Mars by 2022.
The private space company plans to install a system called "BFR "- short for Big Falcon Rocket – to build, which can only be loaded with barges or ship, which requires a port location. Headquartered in a Los Angeles suburb, SpaceX already uses the port in other missions.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti posted the message at his annual city address Monday.
"This is a vehicle that holds the promise to bring mankind deeper into the cosmos than ever before," said Garcetti in the speech. And it's not just about getting into the sky. It's about creating jobs here on Earth. "
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has some" big damned "plans for his latest missile project.
According to SpaceX, the plant could create 700 jobs. Musk presented plans for BFR last fall and said the new missile would replace others known as Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy and Dragon. The company's website says BFR could be used for cargo transportation and the later colonization of life on Mars, as well as for high-speed travel on Earth.
"SpaceX has called the Port of Los Angeles since our West Coast recovery operations in 2012 and we really appreciate the city's continued partnership with Los Angeles," said SpaceX President and COO Gwynne Shotwell in a statement to USA Today via email.
The board of Port Commissioners of Los Angeles is voting on whether to approve a 19-acre lease on Thursday .According to the agenda for this vote, SpaceX is seeking a 10-year lease with two extension options of 10. The lease would be initial
City Council Joe Buscaino representing San Pedro and the neighboring port area is an advocate of the project that is to propel the water community "In the brightest future it
Buscaino said he could imagine SpaceX workers commuting by ferry and bicycle, and maybe even Musk himself pull, he said.
As members of the Board of Harbor Commissioners are appointed by the mayor, Buscaino said he was confident that the plan would be approved on Thursday. It would then be sent to the Committee on Trade, Travel and Tourism, which would chair Buscaino, and would receive a final vote from the City Council.
"This agreement … would allow the Port of Los Angeles to continue to create the jobs in science and technology that were created in our port and on the coast," said Gene Seroka, general manager of the port, in a statement to USA Today.
The Port also hosts a marine research lab called AltaSea Along with efforts to conserve the seas on the Catalina Sea Ranch and the Boeing Company, North America's busiest cargo port seems to be moving towards a science and technology focused future.
"With AltaSea in the Port of Los Angeles, and now SpaceX, San Pedro is the new home for space and marine research," said Buscaino.
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