NASA recently published a "Draft Environmental Assessment" report for SpaceX, in light of their newly proposed operations area. Florida Today also noted that there was no specific timeline or budget given for the completion of what SpaceX is calling its "Operations Area".
SpaceX and NASA are getting serious.
SpaceX is hoping to initiate about 30 orbital launches by 2018, a record for any country on the number of missions and that too by a single company alone. Falcon Heavy's second flight will use three highly reusable Block 5 boosters and Block five upper stage which will come with the upgrade, and it will enable the vehicle to operate longer on orbit and can reignite the engine for more than three times.
The draft suggests that there would be at least 10 Falcon Heavy launches per year, while the other 54 launches would be Falcon 9 launches.
The report said the new rocket manufacturing facility would be built on a 19-acre parcel on the mostly artificial island that's part of the port and the facility would provide employment to as many as 700 people.
"As SpaceX's launch cadence and manifest for missions from Florida continues to grow, we are seeking to expand our capabilities and streamline operations to launch, land and re-fly our Falcon family of rockets", James Gleeson, a SpaceX spokesman, told Florida Today.
SpaceX wants to build new facility in Florida to support over 60 rocket launches per year
"The goal of this action is to develop a site that supports ..." The tower may stretch 300 feet high, according to the plans.
If constructed, the Falcon hangar will measure approximately 133,000 square feet and could help SpaceX save a substantial amount of money per launch. The parts would be reused for future launches, saving many millions of dollars per launch.
According to Sen. Bill Nelson, a NASA bill passed by Congress in 2017 allows commercial space companies, such as SpaceX, the opportunity to expand its activities on NASA property.
Within this campus, there will also be what the company calls a "Rocket Garden" where display pieces of what SpaceX considers historic will be on display.
The proposed plan for Florida comes shortly after SpaceX raised $507 million and gained approval to construct an enormous factory at the Port of Los Angeles.
The public has a month to comment on the proposal.