74 F
Fort Worth
Monday, September 21, 2020
- Advertisements -
Technology SpaceX to build Mars ships in Texas, not Los Angeles

SpaceX to build Mars ships in Texas, not Los Angeles

Other News

Wall Street posts solid gains after surge in corporate deals

By ALEX VEIGA and DAMIAN J. TROISE AP Business Writers Wall Street kicked off the week with a broad...

Tarrant County ranks low in work-from-home study by NAR

North Texas ranks pretty high in the “Work from Home” category, according to a just-released study by the National Association of Realtors....

Commentary: Universities and COVID-19: Charting turbulent times

Ray Perryman As the COVID-19 pandemic emerged this spring, college campuses across the United States swiftly sent students...

Linear Labs introduces electric motor that will fit inside a pocket

Leading the new wave of electrification, a Fort Worth-based technology company has built an electric motor that can fit inside one's pocket,...

HAWTHORNE, Calif. (AP) — SpaceX said Wednesday that it will build test versions of its Mars spaceship in south Texas instead of the Port of Los Angeles in another blow to the local economy that comes days after the company announced massive layoffs.

The decision was made to streamline operations, the Hawthorne, California-based company said in a statement.

SpaceX won approval last year to lease 19 acres at the port’s Terminal Island. It planned to erect a new facility to do work on the interplanetary spacecraft, now called Starship, and its launch vehicle, the Super Heavy, which would be the largest rocket ever built.

The port facility would have allowed the giant craft to be barged or shipped to launch sites. It could have added about 700 jobs to the area.

SpaceX now won’t proceed with that option.

SpaceX founder Elon Musk tweeted that development of Starship will continue in Hawthorne but prototypes will be built in south Texas. The company has a launch facility in Boca Chica near Brownsville, where one prototype of the spacecraft already has been assembled.

“We are building the Starship prototypes locally at our launch site in Texas, as their size makes them very difficult to transport,” Musk said.

SpaceX will continue using its existing port facilities to recover its reusable Falcon rockets and Dragon spacecraft, which arrive by water.

Southern California officials have talked about luring high-tech operations to boost the waterfront and create a “Silicon Harbor.”

“While we are disappointed that SpaceX will not be expanding their operations at the Port of Los Angeles, we are pleased that they will continue their recovery operations here,” port spokesman Phillip Sanfield said. “Our ongoing work with SpaceX and other advanced technology companies is important to our efforts to advance the port through innovation and new technologies.”

Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino said he felt crushed by the decision, but “I feel confident that other innovators will see the huge value they get in San Pedro.”

Last Friday, SpaceX announced it would lay off 10 percent of its roughly 6,000 workers, most of them at its Hawthorne headquarters. The company said it needs to become leaner to accomplish ambitious and costly projects such as the Starship and Starlink, which would create a constellation of satellites to provide space-based broadband internet service.

Development costs for those two projects have been estimated at up to $10 billion each.

- Advertisements -
- Advertisements -

Latest News

Raytheon doubles job cuts to 15,000, citing airline downturn

WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) — Raytheon Technologies Corp. plans to eliminate more than 15,000 jobs this year at its corporate offices, jet engine-maker...

Panel’s report blasts Boeing, FAA for crashes, seeks reforms

By TOM KRISHER AP Business Writer A House committee issued a scathing report Wednesday questioning whether Boeing and government...

GM Financial collects food for TAFB

 GM Financial sponsored an event on Sept. 10 to gather non-perishable items for the Tarrant Area Food...

Apple debuts discount watch, but no new iPhones … yet

By MICHAEL LIEDTKE AP Technology Writer SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Apple introduced a cheaper version of its smartwatch,...

Chick-fil-A: No longer seeking lease at San Antonio airport

By ACACIA CORONADO Report for America/Associated PressAUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Chick-fil-A said Monday that it no longer plans to open a restaurant...