Monday, February 25, 2019
SpaceX Works Toward Completion of Starship in Brownsville, Texas
Guiding D & M Leasing in Dallas - Fort Worth, Micheal “Mike” Albert Hernandez III is a longtime automotive leasing executive who built up one of the leading auto leasing companies nationwide. With family roots in the Gulf Coast city of Brownsville, Mike Hernandez III has focused on boosting the region’s social services and economic potential through the political action committee OP10.33.
One recent bright spot in the local tech sphere has been the seaside community of Boca Chica Beach. It is situated east of Brownsville and was selected in 2014 as the rocket development and launch site for SpaceX. Elon Musk’s space transportation company is currently on work on “Starship Hopper,” a craft that is intended to fly around the moon before ultimately being used for manned flights to Mars.
With the facility having been expanded throughout 2018 to include fuel tanks, a solar array, tacking antennas, and a temporary hanger, work began on a prototype just before Christmas. Capable of non-orbital vertical takeoff, the prototype has three liquid-oxygen/methane-powered Raptor engines and is involved in testing toward planned June completion of an orbital Starship with 31 Raptor engines.
As reported in the Brownsville Herald, a former Brownsville Economic Development Council executive described this history-making project as representing “a big win for Texas and the Rio Grande Valley.”