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Space X Looking at Third Launch Pad Option

Space X’s Elon Musk is clever. He’s got launch capabilities at the Cape and Vandenburg is in the works, and now he’s talking about Texas as a third option. Clever politics. From MSNBC.com-

Another base … in Texas?

Musk has already said that SpaceX is thinking about establishing anadditional base for launching Falcon rockets, to supplement its facilities at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida and the pad that’s currently being renovated at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The Vandenberg pad is planned as the home base for SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket, which is designed to go after the Air Force’s satellite launch business.

Last month, local officials in Texas hinted that SpaceX was ready to invest up to $50 million in the Gulf Coast Regional Spaceport, south of Houston. Musk told me that he hadn’t yet decided where the third base would be located, but he made it sound as if he was firmly set on expanding operations…

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