SpaceX has plans of manufacturing its new Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) in the Port of Los Angeles. The company manufactures most of its rocket parts at its headquarters in Hawthorne, California.
Mayor Eric Garcetti confirmed the news during his annual State of the City address on Monday. He announced that the spacecraft which is being touted as the future of human spaceflight to Mars will be constructed in the Port of Los Angeles. During his speech, Garcetti said that SpaceX Mars rocket is a “vehicle that holds the promise of taking humanity even deeper into the cosmos than ever before.”
The aerospace company is planning to use the BFR spacecraft to send people to Mars by 2024 and set up a human colony on the planet within the next 50 to 100 years. It is a two-part launch vehicle which has been designed to carry 100 people and 150 tons of cargo into space. It’s intended to be made fully reusable and quickly refuelable.
According to Musk, the BFR could also be used to send people to the moon, launch satellites to clean up orbital debris, for cargo trips and as well for high-speed travel on Earth, such as New York to Shanghai in 39 minutes. He also claimed that the new rocket would replace Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy and Dragon space launching vehicles in future.
Los Angeles officials said that as part of a tentative lease agreement, SpaceX would be allowed to take over a dormant building at the port to build the rocket. The move is expected to generate as many as 700 jobs in the area. The deal is yet to be approved by a board of harbor commissioners on Thursday. The board will have a final say on whether or not to lease 19 acres of land to the aerospace company.