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SpaceX’s spaceship could soon move to Florida: Elon Musk announces construction of a launch pad for the massive rocket has begun at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral

  • Elon Musk tweeted Friday that SpaceX has begun construction of a Starship launch pad in Cape Canaveral, Florida
  • The pad would be at the launch of the Kennedy Space Center Complex 39
  • SpaceX started work on the site earlier in 2019, but stopped working after pouring concrete for the foundation










Elon Musk announced Friday that SpaceX has grounded in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on the construction of its new starship Starship launch pad.

The site will be located at Kennedy Space Center launch complex 39, where the company’s Falcon 9 rockets will be launched into space.

It’s not clear how big the pad will be or when it will be ready – DailyMail.com has reached out to Musk for more information.

Spaceship rockets are part of Musk’s master plan to send humans to Mars with the goal of colonizing the Red Planet — and Friday’s announcement means people can board the vehicles in Florida before heading to the world of Mars.

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Elon Musk announced Friday that SpaceX has grounded in Cape Canaveral, Florida, as it builds its new spaceship launch pad.

In February 2010, SpaceX’s first flight stack was deployed at Space Launch Complex 40 in Cape Canaveral, and on March 9, 2010, SpaceX conducted a static fire test, which required firing the first stage without taking off.

Then, on December 21, 2015, SpaceX launched and landed a Falcon 9 first stage, following the rocket’s maiden journey to orbit.

SpaceX has since launched rockets from its Falcon 9 family 132 times, with 130 mission successes.

Cape Canaveral is the company’s place to launch Starlink satellites into orbit along with cargo and astronauts to the International Space Station.

Spaceship rockets are part of Musk's master plan to send humans to Mars with the goal of colonizing the Red Planet — and Friday's announcement means people can board the vehicles in Florida before heading to the world of Mars.

Spaceship rockets are part of Musk’s master plan to send humans to Mars with the goal of colonizing the Red Planet — and Friday’s announcement means people can board the vehicles in Florida before heading to the world of Mars.

And a Starship launch pad would bring all of Musk’s rockets to one place.

SpaceX said it earlier began construction on a spaceship-specific launch pad at Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, which SpaceX is leasing from the agency to launch its Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets. CNBC reports.

Concrete was poured in 2019 to start with the foundation, but no additional work has been done since then.

But since builders poured concrete for the foundation of the Starship Path in late 2019, the site has remained largely dormant.

The site will be located at Kennedy Space Center launch complex 39, where the company's Falcon 9 rockets will be launched into space.

The site will be located at Kennedy Space Center launch complex 39, where the company’s Falcon 9 rockets will be launched into space.

However, it seems that the Starship platform can only be used once the company has perfected the vehicle – it has seen more prototypes explode than make soft landings.

All Starship flights currently depart from SpaceX’s Starbase test facility in Boca Chica, Texas.

Dale Ketchum, Vice President of Government & External Relations for Space Florida, said SpaceX had always considered Florida a key operating site for Starship.

“As the program evolved, SpaceX chose to initially focus on Boca Chica in Texas, but that was understandable and now the program is turning its attention back to the Cape,” Ketchum said.

“SpaceX will choose where to launch different missions based on profitability, as they should. But we’re excited that Florida will compete and win for many of those launches to the moon, Mars or for money.”

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