Tech billionaire, Elon musk confirms its SpaceX starship launch pad is under construction in Florida recently. What does this mean? This simply means that Texas will no longer be the lone starship state as a second starbase is now under construction.
Elon Musk Confirms Its SpaceX Starship Launch Pad Is under Construction
Elon Musk made the announcement on Twitter, declaring that, “construction of starship orbital launch pad at the cape has begun.” The cape he referred to in his tweet is Florida’s Cape Canaveral.
Just before the announcement made earlier, most of the development of SpaceX’s starship vehicles and equipment have been carried out on its Boca Chica, test facility in Texas, one which the tech guru has lobbied to rename to starbase Texas.
Elon Musk’s Early Plans to Build a Launch Site in Florida
Elon musk’s desire to make Florida its permanent launch site for the spacecraft that he wants to use to take humans to the moon and also mars is not that much a secret. The concrete needed for the launch pad actually was poured way back in 2019. But ever since then, there hasn’t been much action and activity on the site.
The New Launch Pad Site
The new launch pad the company is building currently will be part of an already existing launch complex at the Kennedy space center, one which SpaceX leases at the moment from NASA and it is also where many of the company’s Falcon 9 launches originated from.
Scheduled to launch from Texas next year it is the first orbital flight of a starship prototype. And once SpaceX gets an environmental clearance and a much-needed launch license from the federal aviation administration, the mission will be carried out immediately at its scheduled time.
At the time of this post, there is no report on whether the Florida pad currently under construction will be inclusive of a wild new plan for a launch tower that is capable of catching a returning rocket literally when it comes in for landing.