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Brownsville, Texas named as site for SpaceX spaceport

• http://www.gizmag.com
The plans were revealed as part of an announcement by the Governor's office that the Texas state government is providing US$2.3 million to provide infrastructure for the project, which is expected to create 300 jobs and generate $85 million in capital investments.

Until now, most launches in the continental United States have been confined to NASA and US Air Force facilities in Florida, California, and Virginia. Under discussion between the State of Texas and SpaceX for three years, this new facility still requires FAA and local approval, but if this is granted, it will open the way for the launching of commercial satellites using SpaceX's Falcon launchers from a spaceport located far enough south to take advantage of the Earth's spin to reduce fuel costs, and an over-water downrange over the Gulf of Mexico.

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