Published: Wed, April 18, 2018
Sci-tech | By Brandy Patterson

Here's Where SpaceX Will Build Its Most Powerful Rocket Yet

Here's Where SpaceX Will Build Its Most Powerful Rocket Yet

The facility's team will be tasked with researching, designing, and ultimately developing the BFR, SpaceX's "Big Falcon Rocket" meant to get humans to Mars.

SpaceX's massive rocket will be able to carry a payload of up to 50 tons to celestial bodies as far away as Mars. "This vehicle holds the promise of taking humanity deeper into the cosmos than ever before".

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From anyone else, it would sound ridiculous: Elon Musk says SpaceX is going to try to land a rocket stage with ... wait for it ... a "giant party balloon".

The rocket is created to be reusable and will also be used to transport humans across Earth faster than ever before. "We have the confidence to look up to the stars, and the guts to realize our dreams", said Garcetti during a live broadcast. In March 2018, Elon Musk announced that the company would readjust its plan to prioritize pedestrians and cyclists over cars, which would only be considered for transport after all "personalized mass transit needs" were met.

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The additional construction space for the BFR spacecraft was needed due to its size. SpaceX's tentative specs suggest the spaceship will be 30 feet in diameter and about 157 feet long.

Where In LA Will SpaceX Build The BFR? Of course, the rocket will not rise in the heart of the city. A final lease agreement will still need to pass through a city harbor commission, but with Garcetti's approval already in place, that would be a mere formality. It has been moving hardware to the site in order to set up its manufacturing facility.

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Requiring additional space for this enormous new endeavor, SpaceX chose to open up a new facility in the Port of Los Angeles, located roughly 20 miles (32 kilometers) south of the company's headquarters in Hawthorne, California.

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