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Elon Musk Is Serious About Starting His Own City for SpaceX, Starbase

Elon Musk says a lot of stuff on Twitter, and not all of it is true. But his recent admission that he wanted his own city for SpaceX in Texas is not a fib.
SpaceX could gets its own city in Texas, called Starbase, Elon Musk teases 13 photos
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One day before the Starship prototype SN10 took off at the SpaceX test facility in Boca Chica, Texas, Musk was on Twitter, musing about creating his own city in the Lone Star State. Technically, it wouldn’t be “his” city, but rather a city built around SpaceX, incorporating the existing village.

“Creating the city of Starbase, Texas,” he wrote. “From thence to Mars, and hence the Stars,” he added.

For some context, at Boca Chica, SpaceX is working on a new type of reusable rocket called Starship. SN10, the third prototype it has tested so far, was able to make a perfect soft landing after flawlessly going through the entire sequence: liftoff, belly flop, free-fall, and landing on the spot. It exploded minutes later, but that’s a different story.

Starship will be the rocket Musk hopes to colonize Mars with. In addition to the SpaceX facility, he also has other business ventures in the state, like the Austin Gigafactory, now in construction for Tesla. Musk himself moved to Texas at the end of last year after professing his disappointment with California.

The bottom line is that it would make sense to incorporate Boca Chica, which has two dozen residents, into a new city. A statement from one Cameron County official would suggest that Musk is quite serious about it, too. In case you still thought he was tweeting for clout.

“If SpaceX and Elon Musk would like to pursue down this path, they must abide by all state incorporation statutes,” Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño says in a statement cited by HypeBeast. “Cameron County will process any appropriate petitions in conformity with applicable law.”

Translation: it can be done, as long as it's done by the rules.

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Editor's note: The gallery shows photos of the Starship SN10 successful test flight.

About the author: Elena Gorgan
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Elena has been writing for a living since 2006 and, as a journalist, she has put her double major in English and Spanish to good use. She covers automotive and mobility topics like cars and bicycles, and she always knows the shows worth watching on Netflix and friends.
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