24 months to complete construction from GO.
It should be similar to their Vandenberg SLC-4E site
Fed, state officials embrace SpaceX progress
State and federal officials say they welcome recent developments that have advanced SpaceXs proposal to build the worlds first private, commercial vertical launch site and control center in Cameron County.
The state stands ready to continue to support local officials in recruiting the SpaceX project to South Texas, Gov. Rick Perrys spokeswoman, Lucy Nashed, told the Valley Morning Star.
The governor is a strong supporter of bringing commercial space travel to Texas, she said.
We continue to wait for the Federal Aviation Administrations final environmental impact study, she said.
Consultations on the proposal involving U.S. Fish and Wildlife, SpaceX and the FAA began Oct. 10, 2012.
Construction plans also are included in the consultations, and reveal a 24-month timeframe for building both the launch site and the control center facilities a few miles inland. Most construction would occur from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and night construction would occur for about four weeks combined in order to pour concrete and place pilings.
The planned launch area occupies 20 of the 56.5 acres leased by SpaceX. The acreage that SpaceX additionally owns would remain undeveloped.
Facilities within the launch area include about 43,200 square feet of hangar space, launch pad, launch stand with flame duct, 250-foot-tall water tower, water retention basin, storage and handling areas, a workshop of about 10,800 square feet and 40 feet tall, a 3,200-square-foot office, a warehouse, roads, parking area, fencing, security gates and utilities.
Parking for the launch and control areas would accommodate up to 250 personnel. The area also would include exterior lighting, security fences and gates.
Potable water would either be delivered by truck to a holding tank at the vertical launch area, or pumped from a well on the property. The septic system would consist of a mobile above-ground processing unit and holding tank. Power and data lines also would be installed.
Two six-foot-tall perimeter chain-link fences would be erected around the vertical launch area and would enclose about 20 acres, with an inner access road between the fences to support security.
The plans show that the proposed control center area, two miles west of the vertical launch area, would include two launch control center buildings, payload processing facilities, a hanger, roads, parking areas, fencing and utilities.
Control center buildings are planned to be single story, about 14,186 square feet, and 30 to 45 feet in height.
Payload processing facilities will be about 14,669 square feet, and 65 to 85 feet tall.
The launch vehicle hangar will be 30,774 square feet, and 50 to 65 feet tall.
View from pad side (launch T/E is >210 fee tall) (big pic)