'Welcome to Space Beach': SpaceX Lands 6.5 Acre Long Beach Facility

'Welcome to Space Beach': SpaceX Lands 6.5 Acre Long Beach Facility

Elon Musk's Hawthorne-based SpaceX is joining the aerospace hub in Long Beach with a new 6.5 acre facility.


The facility will sit on the port of a former U.S. Navy complex site and open May 1, according to statements from the mayor's office. The sublease was approved Monday. SpaceX did not immediately respond to comment.

The aerospace giant that last week won a $2.9 billion NASA contract to work on sending astronauts to the moon will join a roster of space companies in Long Beach including Virgin Orbit, Rocket Lab, Boeing, Relativity Space and SpinLaunch.

Long Beach-based aerospace companies comprise about 6,500 jobs, the mayor's office said in the statement.

"We have a booming and growing space and technology economy which is now the largest of any city on the West Coast," Mayor Robert Garcia said in his tweet. "Welcome to Space Beach."

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