The latest news regarding a glimpse into the future of South Texas is here!
- SpaceX founder Elon Musk indicated Wednesday that Brownsville has now moved into first place in the competition to win over a spaceport project at Boca Chica Beach!
- On Wednesday, June 13, 2012 Musk met with Gov. Rick Perry to talk about possible incentives to get the company to build its spaceport in Texas and other issues.
- A spokeswoman, Lucy Nashed for Gov. Rick Perry says Wednesday’s meeting went well with Perry and SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk. She says they discussed Perry’s commitment to finding a suitable launch site in Texas. Lucy Nashed also added that having a site in Texas would be a natural fit since SpaceX already has its rocket factory near Waco.
- South Texas leaders have been working with SpaceX for more than a year to get the company to build a launch pad near Boca Chica Beach. Officials have said the company could bring 600 direct jobs to area with minimum annual salaries of $55,000.
- The site under consideration is at the eastern end of State Highway 4, about 3 miles north of the Mexican border. It is about 5 miles south of Port Isabel and South Padre Island.
Obviously Texas supports SpaceX. So why the hesitation on moving this fortunate opportunity forward? I can’t help in wondering…
- What does Puerto Rico and Florida have that Texas can’t offer? (hmm…crickets chirp)
- How long will it take for the Environmental Impact Report from the FAA come to light? When will the results be made public?
- When will this deal finally close? And when it does…
- How long will it take to build and when is the first launch scheduled?
- Will the spaceport eventually lead to humans traveling to space or is it just meant for cargo?
When will these questions be answered? I guess only time will tell. In the meantime… all space fanatics will just have to practice good old fashion patience.