CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (FOX 35 ORLANDO) - SpaceX has announced some big news about the future of flight in Central Florida.
It all started with a tweet from SpaceX founder Elon Musk confirming the "Mars" Starship will not only be launched from Florida but it will be built here.
Testing Starship heatshield hex tiles pic.twitter.com/PycE9VthxQ— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 17, 2019
SpaceX is hoping the Starship will some day send astronauts to Mars. In the past, rockets have been built elsewhere and then moved to Florida to launch. Texas will also be home to some liftoff and assembly operations.
"Working on regulatory approval for both Boca Chica, Texas, and Cape Kennedy, Florida," Musk said Sundayvia Twitter. "Will also be building Starship and Super Heavy simultaneously in both locations.
"The possibilities are endless," said Jon Cowart, NASA Orbiter Engineering Manager. "I love what it's doing for space exploration."
A prototype, known as "hopper," is already at the SpaceX test site in Texas.