SpaceX to build rocket launch site in South Texas

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Updated: 8/04 3:53 pm

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The state and SpaceX have announced that the company will build the first commercial site for orbital launches on Texas' southernmost tip.

The $85 million site at Boca Chica Beach east of Brownsville will be used to launch commercial satellites.

Gov. Rick Perry's office said Monday it will provide $2.3 million from the Texas Enterprise Fund. The state will offer another $13 million from the Spaceport Trust Fund to pay for infrastructure development.

California-based SpaceX is expected to create 300 jobs at the site. The company already has a rocket testing facility in McGregor that employs 250 people.

SpaceX says it plans 12 launches a year from the Texas facility. CEO Elon Musk says that, in addition to the jobs, the site will draw tourists, inspire students and expand suppliers.

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