Report: DHS Wants to Build Trump's Dumb Border Wall Right Through SpaceX's Texas Launch Facility
Gizmodo.com - Sun 10 Feb 20:19 GMT

Report: DHS Wants to Build Trump's Dumb Border Wall Right Through SpaceX's Texas Launch Facility

The 50-acre Boca Chica, Texas facility where Elon Musk’s SpaceX is testing the prototype version of its Starship rocket—recently in the news for tipping over in high wind—could be split in twain by Donald Trump’s proposed wall on the Mexican border, Bloomberg…

  The then-undeveloped site near Boca Chica Beach, Texas where Elon Musk’s SpaceX now has a launch facility, seen in 2012.

  Photo: Christopher Sherman (AP) The 50-acre Boca Chica, Texas facility where Elon Musk’s SpaceX is testing the prototype version of its Starship rocket—recently in the news for tipping over in high wind—could be split in twain by Donald Trump’s proposed wall on the Mexican border, Bloomberg reported on Friday.

  Bloomberg wrote that SpaceX appears to be laying low so far, not publicly raising a fuss about the matter: Representative Filemon Vela, a Democrat whose district includes the SpaceX facility, said the company isn’t happy about the plans, though it hasn’t publicly raised objections.

  According to Bloomberg, SpaceX spokesperson James Gleeson said that the DHS as well as Customs and Border Protection have requested to enter the site to perform a survey, and the company is reviewing that request “and is in communication with DHS to further understand their plans.”

  While SpaceX originally planned to build the rocket in the Port of Los Angeles, it moved production of the current prototype to Boca Chica this year amid major layoffs Musk said were necessary to keep the company from going bankrupt.