BROWNSVILLE – By the end of 2015, the trucks rolled and dumped more than 300,000 cubic meters of dirt on…
BROWNSVILLE – By the end of 2015, the trucks rolled and dumped more than 300,000 cubic meters of dirt on the future SpaceX launch pad where Texas 4 died on Boca Chica beach in southern Texas.
The technical term is “land supply”, a process for compressing the underlying soil to stabilize it – in this case to create a suitable foundation for launch complex structures. The process is now complete, which causes the artificial mesan level to be leveled by the landlords.
When it is ready, SpaceX will install a 95,000 gallon liquid oxygen tank and a 80,000 gallon methane container that the company has taken delivery of in recent months. The tanks currently stored in the SpaceX Control Center area a few miles west of the launch site will be used to support fuel load operations during space launches starting sometime 201
In February, SpaceX founded founder and CEO Elon Musk said to test at Boca Chica would mean “short stair flights with the spacecraft in BFR.”
BFR stands for Big Falcon Rocket, a completely reusable two-stage vehicle consisting of a booster and a spacecraft. “Hopper flights” refers to SpaceX’s Grasshopper program of low-length launch and landing tests of its Falcon 9 rocket at the company’s testing facility in central Texas off McGregor, southwest of Waco.
Musk had been bankrupt on his biggest rocket, Falcon Heavy, to bring people to Mars, but the focus has shifted to the development of the bigger and more powerful BFR for Mars flights – an ambitious goal Musk touched at the Boca Chica groundbreaking ceremony in September 2014.
“It could be very good that the first person departing for another planet may deviate from this location,” he says.
Over the past two years, SpaceX, based in Los Angeles, has installed two giant ground station antennas that it acquired from Cape Canaveral in Florida and more than 600 kilowatts of solar system to propel them. The antennas will be used to track manned Crew Dragon missions to and from the International Space Station, as well as flight bouncing from Boca Chica.
“The ongoing construction of our launch plate in southern Texas is going well”, company spokesman Sean Sade pitt “SpaceX has now got the last big jordsys tanks needed to support initial pilot flights in Big Falcon Space Ship. “
Musk was initially estimated that the first rocket launch from Boca Chica could take place since 2016. The need for landslides created delays but since September 2016 a Falcon 9 rocket exploded under a fuel test at Cape Canaveral, destroying the launch plate that SpaceX would rebuild.
The company launched its first launch from the rebuilt Launch Pad Complex 40 on December 15, 2017, a resupply mission to the space station using a Falcon 9 rocket and unmanned Dragon capsule. On February 6, SpaceX performed the Virgin’s launch of the Falcon Heavy rocket from Launch Pad 39a at Cape Canaveral’s Kennedy Space Center.
It is the same pillow from which Apollo 11 left the moon on July 16, 1969 four days before Neil Armstrong became the first man to go on the moon. In August, SpaceX was a walkway to Launch Pad 39a that NASA astronauts will use to embark on the Crew Dragon Capsule for mission to ISS.
NASA awarded SpaceX and Boeing contracts 2014 to fly their astronauts to and from the space station. Four astronauts have been selected for SpaceX’s initial Crew Dragon mission, scheduled for April 2019. They will be the first people to be released into space from the United States, because the space shuttle was discontinued in 2011.
Propelling the First Crew Dragon Mission to Space will be the Falcon 9-rocket, 230 meters long with a 25-liter payload in low ground. Falcon Heavy is the same height but much more powerful, with a low-speed landslide payload of 70 tons. At a press conference after the February Falcon Heavy launch, Musk said the success of the mission convinced him of the opportunity to develop BFR.
BFR would stand 387 meters long with a payload of more than 110 tonnes. It’s the spacecraft rocket, eventually planning to launch from Boca Chica, where the test of the BFR spacecraft slats to begin next year.
Gil Salinas, a member of the Governor’s Aviation and Aeronautics Advisory Committee and former CEO of the Brownsville Economic Development Council, who worked near SpaceX during negotiations to bring the company here, admitted that his first meeting with Musk in 2011 was sensational – especially the Part about Mars as Musk says has to be colonized.
“When he gave us his vision back in 2011, it was just out there – where do we start?”
Now, with SpaceX coming up to 70 launches ended and 35 planned more, are all the eyes in the space industry on what The company does in Cameron County, said Salinas.
“You can see that they are on a path to change the world, and much will happen from here,” said Salinas.