SpaceX CEO Elon Musk Announces Construction of Starship Launchpad at Complex 39A at KSC
By cnbc.com // December 6, 2021
spaceX aims to launch first Starship prototype to orbit by Jan. 2022
(CNBC.COM) – SpaceX has begun building a launchpad for its Starship rockets in Florida, CEO Elon Musk announced on Friday, as the company looks to add another location to launch the mammoth rocket that is in development.
“Construction of Starship orbital launch pad at the Cape has begun,” Musk said in a tweet.
The company had previously started some work on a Starship-specific launchpad on the grounds of Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, which SpaceX leases from the agency to launch its Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets.
But, since builders have poured concrete for the foundation of the Starship pad in late 2019, the location has largely remained dormant.
When SpaceX began Starship development in earnest two years ago, the company started building rocket prototypes both nearby the NASA complex and at its private facility in Boca Chica, Texas.
The company later pivoted to focus on work at the Boca Chica site, which is nicknamed “Starbase,” and has since conducted Starship test flights and more from the Texas location.
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