BEIJING, Feb. 3 (Afp) — SpaceX is in talks with local authorities to build a new rocket plant in the Port of Los Angeles, according tomedia reports. Building the plant in the port would make it easy for the company to ship its next-generation Starship and Super Heavy carriers to a coastal launch pad in Florida. Media reported that officials at the Port of Los Angeles confirmed the dialogue.
This isn’t the first time SpaceX has had a similar partnership with the Port of Los Angeles: the company was allowed to build a plant in the port two years ago, and the two sides reached a 10-year lease agreement with an annual rent of $1.4 million, but the agreement was withdrawn in 2019.
Elon Musk, SpaceX’s CHIEF executive, has said the company plans to launch Starship at very high frequencies and produce 100 at a rate of 100 a year, with a total of 1,000 over the next 10 years.
SpaceX will no doubt need new plants to produce so many large carriers in such a short period of time. The company currently produces Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets at its plant in California and ships both vehicles on land. However, because Starship and Super Heavy are larger, they will be transported by water.
Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino said SpaceX may seek to build at least one temporary production facility and put it into operation within 90 days, but no agreement has been finalized, according to the report.