After successfully launching the Falcon Heavy, SpaceX announced that it’s going to focus all of its energies on developing its massive interplanetary rocket that it’s calling BFR or “Big F****** Rocket.” The 348-foot-long rocket has been designed to take humans to Mars and beyond. SpaceX will now get down to the mammoth task of actually building the BFR and it now been confirmed that the company will do that in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced on Twitter that SpaceX is going to “start production development of the Big Falcon Rocket,” in his city, specifically the Port of Los Angeles.
“This vehicle holds the promise of taking humanity deeper into the cosmos than ever before,” the mayor added. It’s going to be a big and powerful rocket indeed. The BFR will be capable of taking up to 50 tons of payload in space which is a significant improvement over the Falcon Heavy that can manage up to 30 tons.
A 30-year lease has been signed by SpaceX for an 18-acre site at the Port of LA which will be used to develop the BFR. It has been moving hardware to the site in order to set up its manufacturing facility.
This isn’t SpaceX’s first presence in this area, it has already been running its west coast recovery operations from the Port of Los Angeles since 2012.
— MayorOfLA (@MayorOfLA) April 16, 2018