WACO, Texas (KWTX) – In a series of tweets on Saturday, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced the company is building a second rocket engine factory near its existing facility in Central Texas with the hope of one day powering a fleet capable of creating a city on Mars by the year 2050.
The SpaceX Rocket Development Facility is currently located at 1 Rocket Road in McGregor, just outside Waco.
“We are breaking ground soon on a second Raptor factory at SpaceX Texas test site,” Musk said in a tweet, “It will be the highest output & most advanced rocket engine factory in the world.”
“This will focus on volume production of Raptor 2, while California factory will make Raptor Vacuum & new, experimental designs.”
When asked why the new rocket facility will not be built at the site of SpaceX’s Starbase Rocket Launching Facility in South Texas, Musk said, “the challenges of operating at Starbase left us with no choice but to put engine production in McGregor.”
Musk later tweeted that by “ volume production,” he meant two to four engines a day. “That’s super high volume for big rocket engines, but low volume by automotive standards,” Musk tweeted.
When asked how many of the raptor engines he hopes to produce a year, Musk answered, “roughly 800 to 1000 per year.”
Musk said that is what is needed “over ten years to create the fleet to build a self-sustaining city on Mars. City itself probably takes roughly 20 years so, hopefully, it is built by 2050.”
We are breaking ground soon on a second Raptor factory at SpaceX Texas test site. This will focus on volume production of Raptor 2, while California factory will make Raptor Vacuum & new, experimental designs.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 10, 2021
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