The Valley Morning Star reported in a February 19, 2014 story that SpaceX has greatly expanded its real estate holdings in Cameron County around the site of a proposed space port at Boca Chica Beach near Brownsville.
“SpaceX already may have landed on “Mars.” Amid anticipation that Cameron County could be selected as the location for the world’s first private vertical launch site, SpaceX has developed a subdivision called “Mars Crossing.”
“It also continued to expand its property holdings into this new year, a Valley Morning Star investigation shows.
“Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies, through Dogleg Park LLC, this year purchased 28 new lots surrounding the proposed complex at Boca Chica Beach, bringing the total number of lots it now owns to 88. The total land area purchased encompasses roughly 36 acres of land. In addition, SpaceX has leased 56.5 acres.
“Furthermore, SpaceX’s Director of Advanced Projects Steve Davis replatted 13 lots totaling 8.344 acres into one lot under the name ‘Mars Crossing Subdivision.’”
The final decision on where SpaceX will build its space port is pending on a final FAA environmental impact report on the Texas site. However these real estate acquisitions, which would be necessary to build the launch complex, seem to indicate that Texas is still the front runner in the contest that also includes Florida, Puerto Rico, and Georgia.
Should the SpaceX space port be built at the site in the Rio Grande Valley, the company intends to launch its Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets with a variety of payloads, commercial, military, and NASA. The project is anticipated to bring numerous jobs and development to an economically depressed area. SpaceX in return gets its own launch facility that it would not be obliged to share with NASA, the military, or any other commercial launch company.