Science & Technology

Fight Among States for SpaceX's Business

Texas vs. Florida vs. Georgia


A multi-state competition to win SpaceX's commercial rocket launches takes another step Tuesday as the spotlight turns to Texas' bid.

At a public meeting in Brownsville, Texas, residents will weigh a new private launch complex SpaceX has proposed building on the Gulf Coast near Mexico, which the company says could become its "commercial Cape Canaveral."

The Texas discussion comes five days after the Volusia County (Fla.) Council voted 6-1 to support a commercial spaceport Florida hopes to develop at the north end of Kennedy Space Center and the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, offering SpaceX an alternative to other states.