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SpaceX Will Build BFR at Port of Los Angeles

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has confirmed that Elon Musk’s SpaceX will build its Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) at the Port of Los Angeles. The spacecraft aims to transport people to Mars, and also provide ultra-fast transport internationally.

Currently, SpaceX has a 30-year lease on 18 acres at Berth 240, and the plans, which were unanimously approved by the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners, call for a new 203,450-square-foot structure. The Port of Los Angeles is an attractive location because a rocket this size will be too big to transport on city roads, and the port allows for the spacecraft’s easy shipment to Texas once ready for testing, which could happen as early as next year.

While the spacecraft is physically large, its economic impact is also beneficial for the city, as its production would bring about 750 new jobs to LA’s harbor. Construction is projected to span 16 to 18 months. SpaceX’s President Gwynne Shotwell said, “The Port will play an increasingly important role in our mission to help make humanity multi-planetary, as SpaceX begins production development of BFR.”

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