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Wall divides SpaceX?: Spells Worry For Musk

Elon Musk, CEO and lead designer, SpaceX

Elon Musk, CEO and lead designer, SpaceX; Picture: CNBC

Elon Musk is once again into trouble. The SpaceX launchpad on the US-Mexico border falls right on the border plans Trump has. If the wall is built according to the plan, the launchpad would be as good as a sliced one. But Democrats and SpaceX are actively trying to work ways around this. New plans are being proposed and will be voted on by the Senate.

Texas Elon Musk can’t escape trouble, can he? After Tesla employee cut-down, it’s about the very existence of the SpaceX launch pad.

The aerospace company is currently assembling its test Starship in Boca Chica, Texas, which lies on the US-Mexico border. Currently, they are working toward a “hopper test” of the spacecraft that it hopes will eventually ferry passengers to the moon and Mars.

Starship Hopper test vehicle under construction in Boco Chica, Texas

Starship Hopper test vehicle under construction in Boco Chica, Texas; Picture: TTNews

Unfortunately, this area seems to be the exact spot Trump wants to build his wall near. If there is no change of plans, the fence will go right through the Musk property. This will, in turn, end up splitting the launch pad into two and subsequently, stripping away its purpose.

However, the politicians do recognize the importance of the launchpad and are actively working to devise solutions. Democrats have drafted an offer to Republicans that would exempt the launch facility and several other areas from the fence construction.

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Democrats like Filemon Vela and Lucille Roybal-Allard are active negotiators in this case and are constantly trying to have this area exempted from the plans for the wall.

Meanwhile, if all goes right, Musk has planned for the Boca Chica facility to launch about a dozen commercial satellites each year.


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