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Elon Musk's Futuristic Spaceport Is Coming to Texas

The Falcon 9 rocket on launch day on June 20, 2014 at Cape Canaveral, Florida
The Falcon 9 rocket on launch day on June 20, 2014 at Cape Canaveral, FloridaCourtesy SpaceX

Elon Musk’s industrial empire continues it methodical expansion.

This week the Federal Aviation Administration signed off on SpaceX’s plan to build a spaceport in South Texas. Everyone should be excited about this, because Musk wants to construct the kind of spaceport people are used to seeing in sci-fi movies and take launch technology up a notch. The goal, more or less, will be to create an automated station where machines fuel the rocket, stand it up, and send it off. If all goes according to plan, the spaceport technology would result in a drastic reduction in the time needed to go from launch to launch.