SpaceX received permission from Mayor Eric Garcetti to build the BFR, the spacecraft, to send people to Mars in Los Angeles. Where in the crowded city will SpaceX build a rocket bigger than the Statue of Liberty? ( SpaceX )
SpaceX will not have to travel far to build its rocket to Mars, as the company has received approval in Los Angeles.
SpaceX, founded by visionary CEO Elon Musk, is already building its current Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets in Hawthorne, California, which lies within the city limits of Los Angeles. However, the company needed additional space for the massive BFR.
SpaceX BFR Spacecraft Will Rise in Los Angeles
Last month, Elon Musk claimed that the SpaceX BFR, the rocket designed to send people from Earth to Mars, will be ready next year. But if Musk wants to keep that promise, SpaceX should probably start building soon.
The mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, tweeted his approval to build the SpaceX BFR in the city
"This vehicle promises humanity to conquer deeper into the cosmos than ever before," he added.
"If something has taught us this year, then it's great to think ̵
Due to its size, additional space was needed for the BFR spacecraft. The finished rocket can grow up to 348 feet tall, larger than the Statue of Liberty, so SpaceX needed a new area next to Hawthorne. Ideally, however, the new area should not be too far away so its staff does not have to travel long distances to get to the rocket.
Where will SpaceX build the BFR?
It may be hard to imagine a place in crowded Los Angeles, home to 4 million people, where SpaceX has room to build the BFR. Of course, the rocket will not rise in the heart of the city.
SpaceX used to say that he needed to build the BFR near the water, so the Port of Los Angeles was the perfect location. A final lease has yet to go through a city port commission, but with the already existing approval of Garcetti that would be a mere formality.
SpaceX has already begun relocating hardware to temporary facilities in the Port of Los Angeles. The company will manufacture the components of the BFR alongside the water for easy transportation to test sites and launch pads
SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket
The BFR is not the only rocket SpaceX employs, though the Falcon 9 was tasked with transit Launch NASA's Exoplanet Survey Satellite. TESS will be looking for more exoplanets in space.
Unfortunately, NASA and SpaceX have decided to postpone the TESS launch as additional preparations were needed.
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