SpaceX will build its “BFR” spaceship at a new facility in the Port of Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced yesterday.The company plans to use this ambitious new vessel — whose acronym name stands for “Big Falcon Rocket” (or a less-family-friendly version of that name) — to send people to Mars by 2024 and set up a colony on the Red Planet within the next 50 to 100 years. Elon Musk, SpaceX’s founder and CEO, has said that the BFR could also send people to the moon, launch satellites to low Earth orbit, clean up orbital debris and transport passengers around Earth at record speeds.
Requiring additional space for this enormous new endeavor, SpaceX decided to open up a new facility in the Port of Los Angeles, located roughly 20 miles (32 kilometers) south of the company’s headquarters in Hawthorne, California. [The BFR: SpaceX’s Mars-Colonization Architecture in Images]
“Officially announcing that @SpaceX will start production development of the Big Falcon Rocket in the @PortofLA! This vehicle holds the promise of taking humanity deeper into the cosmos than ever before,” Garcetti tweeted after his State of the City address.