Elon Musk's SpaceX is building its first private space launch facility at Boca Chica Village near Brownsville, Texas.
As the launch of the SpaceX South Texas launch site nears, people living in Boca Chica Village get more fearful about the first rocket launch. Boca Village is a tiny village with a few dozen inhabitants. The village is so close to the rocket launch facility that the people there have to adhere to SpaceX security requirements on launch days, which are once a month.
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The SpaceX facility is getting built inside the Boca Chica State Park near a sandy beach, the locals enjoy. The Boca Village residents will have no access to the beach during launch days. It is also possible that the village has to be evacuated on launch days. SpaceX apparently did not hammer out the details yet with the villagers.
The people in Boca Chica Village are placing their hopes on a legislation called the Texas Open Beaches act. Former Governor Rick Perry has put a law into place that allows for closing down beaches for rocket launches. The Boca Chica residents are questioning the legality of this law.
The bigger issue besides going to a swim on launch day is though something else for the village. It could be that access to Boca Village is cut off on launch days. This means that residents either cannot leave or enter their homes during launch times.
Austrian reporter Nina Hochrainer has visited the Boca Chica Village and talked to the people about the situation. SpaceX will have to work something out there with the people of Boca Chica Village. Some people interviewed will consider suing SpaceX. This could potentially delay the launch of the space port. Hochrainer's report is available as podcast on FM4 Radio.
The report not only covers the issues of the Boca Village with the SpaceX South Texas Launch Site, but also shines the light on other controversial topics.
Elon Musk's SpaceX missions are great achievements that we love to watch online unfold. Living next to a SpaceX launch site is something else.
About the SpaceX South Texas Launch Site
SpaceX is building the world’s first commercial launch site designed for orbital missions in the Boca Chica area of South Texas. The site’s southern, coastal location is uniquely optimized for orbital space launches from the continental United States – it is as close to the equator as possible, while remaining distanced from populated areas.
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SpaceX South Texas will be optimized for commercial launches, and will support launches of the Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy to low-Earth orbit, geostationary orbit, and beyond.