SpaceX has big plans for its Boca Chica, Texas site – where Starship is currently being built and tested, the company’s next-generation passenger and cargo ship. A new job posting from CNBC’s Micheal Sheetz is looking for a Resort Development Manager in Brownsville, the closest town to the small Boca Chica area where SpaceX has expanded its existing test and development site.
The job ad is looking for a manager who will “oversee the development of SpaceX First Way Out From Inception To Completion ”with the aim of making Boca Chica a“ space port of the 21st century ”. This includes monitoring the entire design and construction process as well as obtaining all required work permits and regulatory approvals and completing the final construction of the facility.
SpaceX provided some conceptual designs of what its ideal spaceports might look like, as well as CEO Elon Musk shared its intention to build floating spaceports for interstellar and point-to-point travel on Earth in June when the company announced it would be looking for offshore operations engineers, also to be based in Brownsville.
This new release suggests that SpaceX will try to create an end-to-end experience out of space travel, perhaps more in line with Virgin Galactic builds at the Spaceport America location in New Mexico. Virgin has placed a great deal of emphasis on the customer experience it offers its private space tourists, both in terms of the cabin of the passenger spacecraft and the amenities available on site at the launch site.
SpaceX is preparing its own vehicles for private astronaut launch and announces plans to offer orbital return flights to paying customers with Dragon, thanks to a return trip to Earth with NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley on board. This demonstration mission is the final requirement for the certification process, and SpaceX is now on the right track to fly potentially private space travelers already in the target window of next year.