BROWNSVILLE (August 4, 2014) SpaceX, which tests its rocket motors at its facility in McGregor West of Waco, announced Monday that it will build the first commercial site for orbital launches on Texas' southernmost tip.
The $85 million site at Boca Chica Beach east of Brownsville will be used to launch commercial satellites.
Gov. Rick Perry's office will provide $2.3 million from the Texas Enterprise Fund to support the project and will offer another $13 million from the Spaceport Trust Fund to pay for infrastructure development.
“Texas has been on the forefront of our nation’s space exploration efforts for decades, so it is fitting that SpaceX has chosen our state as they expand the frontiers of commercial space flight,” Perry said.
California-based SpaceX is expected to create 300 jobs at the site.
The company’s facility in McGregor employs 250.
SpaceX says it plans 12 launches a year from the Texas facility.
CEO Elon Musk says that, in addition to the jobs, the site will draw tourists, inspire students and expand suppliers.
“SpaceX is excited to expand our work in Texas with the world’s first commercial launch complex designed specifically for orbital missions,” he said.