SpaceX is renovating an old launch pad at the Vandenberg Air Force Base for the world’s most powerful rocket.
SpaceX founder Elon Musk will gather with state and local elected officials Wednesday for a groundbreaking ceremony at the seaside base northwest of Los Angeles.
The Hawthorne-based company is building the Falcon Heavy designed to be large enough to send cargo or even people beyond Earth’s orbit. Only the retired Saturn V rocket that ferried astronauts to the moon was bigger.
Crews have demolished existing structures and will soon build a new hangar to store the Falcon Heavy. They will also have to retrofit the launch pad to fit the rocket. The work was expected to cost between $20 million to $30 million and will last 18 months, Musk said…