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Saturday, July 12, 2014

SpaceX just got approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to build a 56.5-acre spaceport along the Gulf of Mexico on the Texas-Mexico border -- a huge step toward actually making the spaceport a reality. Wednesday, the FAA, which handles all commercial space launch permitting in the United States, issued what's known as a "Record of Decision" that suggests the agency would grant launch licenses to the company to operate out of a location about 17 miles east of Brownsville. The FAA says it would likely approve any requests from SpaceX to launch as many as 10 Falcon 9 rockets and two Falcon Heavy rockets per year out of the spaceport, through at least 2025.


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good for texas

#1 | Posted by danv at 2014-07-12 10:02 AM | Reply | Flag:

but bad for Florida... If that second stage stage doesn't ignite !?!?

Look at google maps and see where it will land!

Would'a thought Andros or Cat Island would have been a better choice. Heck even Kennedy has dozens of pads that are unused. Would have been cheaper to lease a few of those.

I know I know... Common Sense and the FAA doesn't seem to go hand in hand...

SPECIAL NOTE TO THE FAA-- A rocket is not an AIR-O-PLANE. The difference is that pieces of the rocket fall off at planned or un-planned times (Mostly un-planned). The trick is to get it all into orbit BEFORE that happens.

I suggest you move the Miami Field Office a bit further North.

Now about those drones......

#2 | Posted by Pegasus at 2014-07-12 11:53 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

They already lease 2 pads at the Cape and 1 pad at Vandenberg. Each site, including this new one, has a limited number of launches per year authorized by their environmental impact studies. If they meet their projected goals they will need all of those facilities. They are still investigating Georgia and Florida for more launch sites after the new one is flying rockets at its max rate.

#3 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2014-07-12 02:30 PM | Reply | Flag:

A foolish move by the FAA, when Texas secedes from the Union (as promised) This spaceport will no longer be in the USA.

#4 | Posted by SammyAZ_RI at 2014-07-12 03:23 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 3

A foolish move by the FAA, when Texas secedes from the Union (as promised) This spaceport will no longer be in the USA.

#4 | Posted by SammyAZ_RI at 2014-07-12 03:23 PMFlag: | Funny: 3

They'll never sucede because they rely upon the federal government too much to bail them out.

#5 | Posted by LarryMohr at 2014-07-13 02:08 AM | Reply | Flag:

hopefully this is a start to a thriving commercial space based industry, the rewards for such development are astronomical.

#6 | Posted by danv at 2014-07-13 03:17 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

Astronomical,hehe,gin and coke came throughmy nose.

#7 | Posted by bruceaz at 2014-07-13 03:51 PM | Reply | Flag:

The decommissioning of the Space Shuttle program is one of THE WORST decisions we've ever made.

#8 | Posted by LarryMohr at 2014-07-13 03:53 PM | Reply | Flag:

I'm sure a lot of this is being screwed out of a shuttle.

#9 | Posted by afkabl2 at 2014-07-13 06:00 PM | Reply | Flag:

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