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SpaceX to expand rocket repair center in Florida

SpaceX SpaceX wants to expand facilities in Florida to refurbish and store its reusable rocket boosters as it increases the pace of launches, documents filed with authorities show. Credit: SpaceX

CNBC reports that spaceflight company SpaceX is laying plans to refurbish it rocket repair facility for preparing reusable rockets for repeat flights.  An expansion of the company’s Florida facility would allow for faster turnaround of reusable boosters as well as provide additional storage space.

SpaceX is proposing the construction of a 67,222-square-foot spacecraft hangar near its existing launch site at Cape Canaveral.  The Port Canaveral Board of Commissioners will review SpaceX’s proposal on Wednesday of this week.

The new hangar would be built on leased land near the former Spacehab facilities, which SpaceX will use for rocket and equipment storage and offices.  Some of the equipment is currently housed at the port where the rocket-collection drone ship comes to dock.

“Right now, we have that work dispersed at Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. This will allow us to consolidate and work more efficiently,” John Taylor of SpaceX said.

SpaceX is perfecting the process of landing used rockets; the company has returned reusable boosters to Earth twelve times since the first successful Falcon rocket landing in 2015.  The reusable boosters land upright on a ground pad or on a drone barge.

Two of the returned Falcon 9 boosters have been refurbished and sent back into space on satellite delivery missions.

SpaceX is currently preparing for its tenth launch of the year.  If it is executed as scheduled, the coming Sunday launch will be the company’s third launch in nine days.  An increase in SpaceX’s launch schedule capabilities would allow the company to drive ahead into its backlog of over 70 missions worth over ten billion dollars in total.

Kathy Fey

Kathy Fey

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Kathy Fey is a freelance writer with a creative writing degree from Mount Holyoke College. She is an active blogger and erstwhile facilitator of science and engineering programs for children.
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Kathy Fey is a freelance writer with a creative writing degree from Mount Holyoke College. She is an active blogger and erstwhile facilitator of science and engineering programs for children.