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SpaceX to build new launch site

August 19, 2014

By Chris Forrester

Fast-growing rocket launch company SpaceX, backed by billionaire Elon Musk, is to build a new rocket launch site in Texas.

SpaceX has, up until now, used two rented facilities, one at Cape Canaveral in Florida and the other at the Vandenberg Air Force base in California. These will continue.

However, the new facility is near Brownsville, on the Texas Gulf of Mexico coast. The state of Texas is providing $15 million to help build the spaceport, and another $85 million or so coming from SpaceX itself.

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