SpaceX wants to build this futuristic campus in Florida to support an astonishing number of rocket launches

Business Insider | 6/8/2018 | Dave Mosher
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SpaceX has filed a proposal to expand its footprint at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The document calls for a 67-acre site that includes a futuristic control tower, a giant hangar, and a "rocket garden."

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The company, founded by Elon Musk, wants to build the proposed facilities "in its pursuit of a complete local, efficient, and reusable launch vehicle program."

The plans were first reported by Florida Today.

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NASA has published a plan submitted by SpaceX, the rocket company founded by Elon Musk, to dramatically expand its presence at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The agency published a draft environmental review for a proposed SpaceX Operations Area on a 67-acre patch of land about one mile north of KSC's visitor center complex.

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Space reporter James Dean first wrote about the plan in a story published Friday at Florida Today.

In 2018, SpaceX hopes to pull off 30 orbital launches — a record number of missions for a country, let alone a company. Most of the launches will use Falcon 9 rockets, though a couple will be missions using Falcon Heavy: the most powerful rocket system in use today.


But SpaceX is just getting started.

"As SpaceX's launch cadence and manifest for missions from Florida continues to grow, we are seeking to expand our capabilities and streamline operations to launch, land and re-fly our Falcon family of rockets," SpaceX representative James Gleeson told Business Insider in an email.

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According to future launch plans outlined by the NASA document, SpaceX thinks it will need to support up to 54 launches of Falcon 9, about 10 launches of Falcon Heavy every year, and the recovery of various reusable rocket parts.

Launching as many as 64 rockets is more than...
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