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SpaceX working to stabilize land at rocket launch site

The company said they expect the site to be completed in 2017, with their first launch in 2018. (CBS 4 News)

Construction at the SpaceX site at Boca Chica Beach is underway.

About 310,000 cubic yards of new soil will be transported to the SpaceX site by winter 2016 as officials work to stabilize the land at the rocket launch site.

In the coming months, SpaceX officials will work to compress the new soil at the site. The process, along with the settlement that will occur over time, will prepare the land to support the launch complex.

"They're going to be compounding the dirt and letting it naturally settle out there before they would actually pour concrete and build what we would finally see a full-blown space rocket launch site," said Brownsville Economic Development Council Executive Vice President Gilberto Salinas.

SpaceX officials told CBS 4 News that the new soil will be more suitable for supporting the foundations of the launch complex structures than the clay and sand native to the area.

The company said they expect the site to be completed in 2017, with their first launch in 2018.




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