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Elon Musk Wants To Set Up A City Named Starbase Around His Texas Rocket Launch Site

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TOPLINE Billionaire Elon Musk has approached officials of a Texas county where SpaceX has a private launch site and rocket production facility about incorporating a new city to be called Starbase, officials said.

KEY FACTS

  • Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño said Tuesday Elon Musk’s private spaceflight company, SpaceX, reached out about Musk’s interest in incorporating Boca Chica Village, where SpaceX is building its Starship rocket. 
  • Treviño indicated the county is open to incorporation, but that the process must abide by all state incorporation statutes and said the county will process any petitions in line with the law.
  • Musk said Tuesday he’s hoping to incorporate “an area much larger than Boca Chica.” 
  • Musk previously posted a mysterious statement about creating a Texas city called Starbase on Tuesday, and later added it would be dog-friendly and led by the Doge, a reference to the Dogecoin meme cryptocurrency he endorsed last month.

KEY BACKGROUND

Musk, who Forbes estimates is worth nearly $164 billion, is expanding his footprint in the Lone Star State. SpaceX also has a site in McGregor, a city halfway between Austin and Dallas, and this week, a job posting revealed the company is looking to build a manufacturing facility in Austin. The Boring Company began hiring in the Austin area in November, and the city was named the location of Tesla’s next gigafactory. Musk confirmed in December he was moving to Texas from California. 

FURTHER READING

Elon Musk’s SpaceX To Open A Factory In Austin, Job Posting Reveals (Forbes)

Elon Musk Confirms He’s Moving From California To Texas (Forbes)

Elon Musk Reportedly Relocated His Foundation To Texas, Fueling Rumors He’ll Move There Too (Forbes)

By Carlie Porterfield, Forbes Staff

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