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Future of SpaceX Starbase Remains Uncertain

For the last five months, the skies have been clear over Boca Chica, Texas. SpaceX has not launched a single rocket there since May, and residents wonder when they will see Elon’s 400 ft tall Starship finally make its debut. But while the normally busy Starbase has gone silent, a legal battle rages between the billionaire space titan and almost everyone else, making SpaceX’s plans in South Texas uncertain.

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SpaceX begins filling Starship’s orbital launch site with rocket propellant

Less than a year after tank farm assembly began in South Texas, SpaceX has begun the painstaking process of filling Starship’s first orbital launch site with thousands of tons of rocket propellant.

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SpaceX begins assembling Starbase’s biggest manufacturing building yet

It might not look like much today but SpaceX has begun assembling what is set to become Starbase’s largest Starship manufacturing facility.

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SpaceX Starbase construction takes priority as next orbital Starship, Super Heavy pair come together

As SpaceX teams slowly prepare the first orbital-class Starship and Super Heavy booster for the next-generation rocket’s first full-stack launch, the company has simultaneously begun assembling a second ship/booster pair. However, it’s clear that orbital pad construction remains a priority.

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From Launch to Manufacturing, SpaceX Begins Leasing Warehouse Space in Brownsville

SpaceX’s Starbase is located right outside of the city of Brownsville in Boca Chica, and a large portion of employees reside in South Padre Island. In fact, Elon’s Boring Company announced that it is looking at building a hyperloop tunnel under one of the deepest shipping channels to help employees get from SPI to Boca Chica more timely.

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FAA Opens the Door to Starbase

For months, Musk and the FAA have clashed, shutting down all StarBase related flight opportunities related to the Starship/Super Heavy rocket, the largest rocket ever built. From environmental impacts and protests to size regulations, the “gateway to Mars” has remained bolted shut, but the door may be opening ever so slightly.

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Photos of giant claw ‘catching arms’ at SpaceX starbase fuel wild speculation online

A massive, claw-like structure photographed at a SpaceX launch site in south Texas has triggered speculation online that it could be a part of the company’s “Mechazilla” rocket-catching system.