SpaceX to Build New Building at Port Canaveral to Process and Refurbish Falcon 9 Rockets


SpaceX plans to lease one building and construct a newer second building at Port Canaveral, just two miles from where it launches its Falcon 9 rockets from the Cape Canaveral space pad, port chief John Murray tells Florida Today. The company plans on leasing the former 52,000 square foot Spacehab building, which used to belong to the aerospace company now called Astrotech Corporation. The new building will be constructed nearby.

SpaceX plans on both processing and refurbishing its Falcon rockets at the port. The site is where the company has sent its recovered first stage boosters, including four it has safely landing on drone ships at sea. So this expansion is a sign of the company’s more aggressive push to transform its rocket operation into a renewable enterprise, whereby its Falcon rockets are launched from Cape Canaveral, recovered at sea, and sent to the port to be retooled.

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SOURCE: The Verge, Nick Statt