They wouldn't be displaced. Their tiny subdivision is on the edge of the zone that would be closed on launch days, but they fear the environmental impact as well as losing the peace and quiet of Boca Chica.
"It kind of pisses me off someone wants to build their dream on top of my dream,"
Musk's dream, as the billionaire explained in March, is to advance the technology to send people to Mars.
He bemoaned cutbacks in the U.S. space program and the grounding of the space shuttle fleet.
"It's sad that we sent people to the moon in '69, then we lost that ability," Musk said. "I don't think we want to tell our kids that 1969 was the high-water mark. I think that's a terrible thing."
SpaceX has about 3,000 employees, builds rockets at its headquarters in
Musk said the company has
In 2010, SpaceX's Dragon capsule became the first commercial spacecraft in history to be launched into orbit and brought safely back to Earth. Last year, SpaceX scored another first when its vehicle docked with the
American astronauts won't be launched from Boca Chica. SpaceX will continue its
Under the new state law, SpaceX could launch rockets up to 12 times a year, mostly
The beach would be closed for 15 hours on a launch day, up to a maximum of 180 hours per year.
SpaceX would use its Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets. Musk testified that the rocket thrust would be the equivalent of four 747's taking off simultaneously.
Musk designed his rockets to be the maximum size that could be transported from
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