SpaceX CEO signals favor for Texas launch pad site

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 26, 2014 at 2:02 pm •  Published: April 26, 2014

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — SpaceX founder and chief executive Elon Musk has signaled his company's intent to put its much-sought launch pad project on a beach near Brownsville.

The signs came in final comments Musk gave at an unrelated news conference last week in Washington, D.C. He said SpaceX will probably have its Boca Chica Beach launch facility near the Mexican border active "in a couple of years."

Musk said the project is awaiting final environmental approvals from the Federal Aviation Administration, which are expected soon.

The launch pad would be developed at the eastern end of Texas 4 about three miles north of the Mexican border and about five miles south of Port Isabel and South Padre Island.

The SpaceX project is one of several for which Texas is in the running.