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SpaceX to Build Rockets at Port of Los Angeles

SpaceX to Build Rockets at Port of Los Angeles

SpaceX has expanded its operations at the port of Los Angeles, leasing 19 acres of land to build a rocket manufacturing facility.

The area at the port of Los Angeles was chosen by SpaceX due to the need for a property with sufficient water access, as the rockets they intend to build are far too large for normal transport via rail.

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Director of Construction and Real Estate at SpaceX, Bruce McHugh, features in the video commenting that development will be “an 80,000-foot building, that’s 80 feet tall … and when we add onto it, it’ll wind up being a total of 200,000 square foot.”

The 19-acre plot of the land was once the site of the Southwest Marine Shipyard, which closed in 2005 and has since been in disuse — save for a number of high-profile film and television shoots, including “Die Hard”, “24” and “CSI: Miami”. 

 

The Southwest Marine Shipyard, the new location for SpaceX's facility

SpaceX has been using the port of Los Angeles as a base for its recovery operations on the West Coast, and on May 8, 2018 they unloaded the recently re-entered Dragon Capsule from a resupply mission to the International Space Station.

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