Elon Musk’s SpaceX company plans to add a hi-tech tourist resort to its rocket-making plant in Brownsville, Texas. The location of the resort will be in the village of Boca Chica, some 19km northeast of Brownsville along the Gulf of Mexico.
The news was revealed in the company’s job listing for a resort manager that underlines SpaceX’s commitment to develop the town into a 21st-century spaceport. “We are looking for a talented resort development manager to oversee the development of SpaceX’s first resort from inception to completion,” the listing stated.
Currently, Boca Chica Village is the site where the Starship prototype is being developed. The heavy-lift rocket will be used to ferry up to 100 passengers on sightseeing trips around the moon. Passengers can bask in the luxurious resort before and after the trip.
The development of “Super Heavy”, a 31-engine reusable rocket, is also in the pipeline as it will be used to lift Starship out of the Earth’s gravity well.
The massive development plans will involve demolishing about 30 structures within Boca Chica Village. Owners of these structures were offered three times the market value of their properties to sweeten the deal and encourage them to move.
The main attraction of the resort would be Super Heavy and Starship, which would be 120cm tall together on the launch pad, approximately as tall as a 28-storey building.