SpaceX has already demonstrated multiple times that it’s more than capable of landing its reusable Falcon 9 rocket back on Earth after it completes a mission in space. It’s the only private space company that has managed to successively land the rockets on a floating barge out at sea. SpaceX will eventually be refurbishing and relaunching these rockets, it’s now building facilities in Florida where rockets will be refurbished.
Port Canaveral chief John Murray has told Florida Today that SpaceX is planning to lease one building and construct a new second building at the port. SpaceX will be processing and refurbishing its Falcon rockets at this facility.
SpaceX is planning to lease a 52,000 square foot Spacehab building that previously belong to an aerospace company that’s now known as Astrotech Corporation.
“With SpaceX’s recent progress in recovering first stage Falcon 9 boosters, we’re looking to expand our facilities on the Space Coast to support rocket refurbishment,” confirmed SpaceX spokesman John Taylor.
From the looks of it, in the future SpaceX will continue to launch its rockets from Cape Canaveral, recover them at sea and then send them to the port where they will be retooled and readied for subsequent relaunching.
SpaceX is yet to relaunch any of the rockets that it has successfully recovered so far, it’s on track to try and make that happen by the end of this year.