SpaceX to build Mars ships in Texas, not Los Angeles

Published January 17, 2019, 10:37 AM

by Patrick Garcia

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

FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2019 file photo, the SpaceX prototype Starship hopper stands at the Boca Chica Beach site in Texas. SpaceX says it will build its Mars spaceship in south Texas instead of the Port of Los Angeles, dealing another blow to the local economy only days after the company announced massive layoffs. The Southern California-based company announced Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019 that test versions of its Starship and Super Heavy rocket will be assembled at its Texas launch facility in a move to streamline operations. (Miguel Roberts/The Brownsville Herald via AP, File/ MANILA BULLETIN)
FILE – In this Jan. 12, 2019 file photo, the SpaceX prototype Starship hopper stands at the Boca Chica Beach site in Texas. (Miguel Roberts/The Brownsville Herald via AP, File/ MANILA BULLETIN)

The Southern California-based company announced Wednesday that prototypes of its Starship spacecraft will be assembled at its Texas launch facility in a move to streamline operations.

However, development of the spaceship will continue at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne.

SpaceX won permission last year to build a giant new facility on leased port land, which could potentially have added hundreds of jobs to the region. SpaceX now won’t proceed with that option.

Last week, SpaceX announced that it will lay off about 10 percent of its roughly 6,000 workers, mostly from its Hawthorne headquarters.

 
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