POSTED: Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 12:43pm
UPDATED: Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 1:30pm
BROWNSVILLE — Our chances of landing the deal that would put private enterprise Space Ex in our backyard are looking pretty good.
“Mr. Elan Musk, the owner and founder and CEO of Space Ex met with the governor, Governor Rick Perry yesterday and in that discussion, it appears that he came out and they both agreed Texas is probably the best site for this project,” says Gilbert Salinas of the Brownsville Economic Development Corporation.
Some of our advantages….
“Logistically I think we probably have the upper hand as far as being closer to their manufacturing base as well as their research and test center, so it compliments their supply chain and logistics,” says Salinas.
And then of course potentially being cost effective and more environmentally friendly is always a good thing when it comes to attracting business to our community.
“We’re closest to the equator on the mainland so they’re able to launch and if it’s closer to the equator it’s less fuel and a heavier payload you can take into space from here, “ says Salinas.
An aerial view of Boca Chica Beach, the possible launch site shows undeveloped land and the proposed launch pad, which has been superimposed, would be very close to the water, another advantage from a safety standpoint.
“We’re right next to the Gulf of Mexico. So in case something happens, they’re going to be over a major body of water and can just fall straight into the ocean,” says Salinas.
Salinas adds that while just because we may be the best location, doesn’t mean the deal is sealed. He says it all depends on the overall incentive packages the other communities and states are offering to Space Ex.
As of now the environmental studies are underway. Once information is gathered, that will play a huge role in the decision making process.
“We’re hopeful that the next chapter in space history will be from Brownsville Texas,” says Salinas.
A decision on the new location of the Space Ex launch pad is expected by the end of this year or early 2013.