People living in the calm location of Boca Chica, a remote beach community in the southernmost part of Texas, had a life filled with tranquillity. Then Elon Musk came up with his SpaceX company there.
Tesla CEO and SpaceX boss, billionaire Elon Musk had fixated on Boca Chica in Texas, US almost a year ago. Now he wants to rename it as ‘Starbase.’
SpaceX is currently building a new factory in Texas for its satellite-based broadband service Starlink, according to a job posting from the company, as billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk continues to invest in the southern US state.
Musk, who leads several futuristic companies, including Tesla Inc, Neuralink and Boring Co, moved to the Lone Star State from California in December to focus on the electric-car maker’s new plant in the state and his SpaceX venture.
In a tweet, Musk explained, “Creating the city of Starbase, Texas.”
“From thence to Mars, And hence the Stars,” added a second tweet.
From thence to Mars,And hence the Stars.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 2, 2021
Whether Musk is hinting at the Texas site becoming the launchpad for his Mars missions, or whether he is hinting at providing Internet on Mars, is still unclear. There was also no mention of how he planned on the name change – or if it was an indicator of the factory name.
He did include that it may be much larger than just Boca Chica in a reply to a tweet.
An area much larger than Boca Chica— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 2, 2021
He also mentioned, that there would be a dog..err…doge, referring to the cryptocurrency he has constantly been backing – dogecoin.
The company’s job posting for a Starlink engineer said it was breaking ground on a “new, state-of-the-art” manufacturing facility in Austin, Texas to keep up with global demand.
The Starlink venture, a planned network of tens of thousands of satellites in low-earth orbit, aims to offer fast internet speeds globally.
The Tesla CEO had said earlier that Starlink, currently based in Redmond, Washington, will be a crucial source of funding for his broader plans like developing the Starship rocket to fly paying customers to the moon and eventually trying to colonize Mars.
Boca Chica isn’t the ideal place to construct a base for a space exploration company, reports Esquire. The nearest grocery store is a 30-minute drive away, the cell service is poor and there is very little freshwater. But it was quiet, which it isn’t anymore.
SpaceX was growing at a rapid pace and Boca Chica residents soon got to know that that meant trouble for them. At the end of last year, the private space company offered to buy their homes.
“Expansion of spaceflight activities will make it increasingly more challenging to minimize disruption,” SpaceX had said in a letter to the residents.