SpaceX will make massive, Mars-bound 'BFR' rocket at LA port

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"Officially announcing that SpaceX will start production development of the Big Falcon Rocket in the Port of L.A.", Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti said in a tweet on Monday.

"This is a vehicle that holds the promise of taking humanity even deeper into the cosmos than ever before", said Garcetti during the address at City Hall.

From anyone else, it would sound ridiculous: Elon Musk says SpaceX is going to try to land a rocket stage with ... wait for it ... a "giant party balloon".

SpaceX has used the port for its west coast recovery operations since 2012.

The TESS mission has opportunities to launch through April 26 (except April 22) before NASA's Launch Services Program, based at Kennedy Space Center, would shift its focus to a planned May 5 launch of the InSight Mars lander from California on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. The vessel is a key component in the company's plans to colonize Mars. "We are building the first ship, or interplanetary ship, right now, and we'll probably be able to do short flights, short up and down flights, during the first half of next year". Elon Musk, SpaceX's founder and CEO, has said that the BFR could also send people to the moon, launch satellites to low Earth orbit, clean up orbital debris and transport passengers around Earth at record speeds.

NASA is all set to launch its next hunt for planets outside our solar system as preparations get underway for the launch of the TESS satellite, which will be carried into space in a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on Tuesday morning. He said that the BFR rocket will travel across the globe with lightning speeds and will fly people from NY to Shanghai in half an hour.

The mayor of Los Angeles confirmed earlier reports that SpaceX will build its largest rocket, the BFR, at the Port of Los Angeles.

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