Elon Musk is now working on something extraordinary in Los Angeles. The creator of SpaceX has spoken for years regarding the building of the Big Falcon rocket; a gigantic reusable launch system made to get people to and from Mars and maybe around Earth.
Recently, Musk claimed that SpaceX considers starting a short-up-and-down takeoff of the 157 feet tall spaceship of the system of BFR in early 2019. The testing will take place on the McGregor, Texas campus of the company.
However, up until now, SpaceX has been mum about where it plans to construct such massive rockets exactly. On Monday, a staff of the SpaceX community observed a curious move by the Board of Harbor Commissioners in LA. The agency quietly and previously approved a 788 pages plan made by SpaceX to lease an eighteen-acre space in the Port of Los Angeles that covers a 200,000 square feet facility to manufacture big commercial transportation vessels.
Eric Berger from Ars Technica has since confirmed that the facility is planned for the manufacture of the BFR. According to a source from Business Insider, SpaceX is more likely only weeks away from being legally offered a lease to the area.
The 6 million nose cones safeguard the payload of the rocket. SpaceX prefers to make them reusable to lessen cost as well. Port Los Angeles is home to Mr. Steven, which is a ship SpaceX is testing with to try to capture rocket fairings in gigantic net support by a series of claws.
Mr. Steven has been deployed two times but has not succeeded in doing a catch. The ship was observed entering the port two weeks ago along with half of the fairing, which provided ten communication satellites into space from Vanderberg Air Force Base.
On top of that, the fairing missed Mr. Steven mainly because its parafoil twisted, but it landed in the sea intact. Los Angeles Councilman Joe Buscaino who represents the Harbor Area considered Musk as the modern day Nikola Tesla, Leonardo Da Vinci and Henry Ford all in one.
SpaceX was set to take off a Falcon 9 rocket bringing the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite last Wednesday from Cape Canaveral, Florida to perform additional navigation, guidance, and control system evaluation. The rocket maker is getting ready to roll out the new version of the Falcon 9, the Block 5 the following month.