Elon Musk’s oft-stated goal of reaching Mars by 2022 is well known. One of the key steps in the plan, though, became a lot clearer recently – SpaceX plans a rocket and spaceship facility at the Port of Los Angeles that will help advance this pursuit.
The private space firm plans to build a Big Falcon Rocket or BFR at this facility. It sure will be BIG,–so much so that only a barge or a ship will be – well – BIG enough to carry it; hence, the need for a port location. And SpaceX is already headquartered in a LA suburb, and uses the port for other missions.
“This is a vehicle that holds the promise of taking humanity deeper into the cosmos than ever before,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti at his annual State of the City address on Monday. “And this isn’t just about reaching into the heavens. It’s about creating jobs right here on Earth.” As many as 700, in fact, according to SpaceX. The new rocket will replace previous models such as the Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy and Dragon. According to SpaceX’s website, BFR could be used for cargo trips and the eventual colonisation of life on Mars, as well for high-speed travel on Earth.