SpaceX to build its massive BFR in Los Angeles

SpaceX to build its massive BFR in Los Angeles

The city Board of Harbor Commissioners will vote Thursday on whether to lease 19 acres to SpaceX for the manufacturing site.

Last week, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk revealed a photo of the main-body construction tool for the company BFR - the Big Falcon Rocket. "This is a vehicle that holds the promise of taking humanity even deeper into the cosmos than ever before". The rent will cost SpaceX approximately $1.38 million per year, the Associated Press reported.

It's meant to serve all purposes, from missions into Earth orbit and out to the moon and Mars.

Hans Koenigsmann, SpaceX's vice president of mission assurance, participated in a NASA briefing on Sunday ahead of the launch of the space agency's new exoplanet-hunting mission TESS, which is scheduled to go into orbit on Monday aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

This weekend Musk also announced plans to land one of SpaceX's smaller Falcon 9 rockets using a "giant party balloon" and a 'bouncy house'.

Ultimately, SpaceX will have around 200,000 square feet of space for working on BFR in the Port, though it won't be limiting itself to that space.

Recovering the second stage is the next milestone in SpaceX's quest to take humans to Mars.

"The rockets, once complete, would be too large for reasonable transport by road and thus must be transported by barge or ship, necessitating that the facility be water adjacent", it says.

Requiring additional space for this enormous new endeavor, SpaceX chose to open up a new facility in the Port of Los Angeles, located roughly 20 miles (32 kilometers) south of the company's headquarters in Hawthorne, California. If given the green light, SpaceX says it has the potential of employing 700 people.

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