Commercial Spaceflight And The Dawning Age of NewSpace

Space X lays down dirt; expects to be ready to launch in 2018

At some point in the future, rockets will tower over the SpaceX launch site at Boca Chica Beach.

Until that happens, the only thing towering out there will be a pile of dirt — a very large pile of dirt, one that’s grown substantially since trucks started bringing in the stuff on a daily basis late last year.

The purpose is to raise and stabilize the area before actual construction of the launch pad and associated buildings begins. The technical term is “soil surcharging.”

When the final load is delivered, 310,000 cubic yards of soil will have been brought in, enough to cover a football field 13 stories high, according to the Hawthorne, California-based aerospace company.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.brownsvilleherald.com

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