SpaceX Purchase More Land Near Brownsville as Cargo Resupply Flight Slips

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Artist's conception of the proposed SpaceX commercial launch facility near Brownsville, Texas.

Artist’s conception of the proposed SpaceX commercial launch facility near Brownsville, Texas.

SpaceX has purchased more land near it’s likely spaceport site in Texas, Waco residents have been told to prepare for a louder-than-usual engine test over the weekend, and NASA has slips the next Dragon flight to January.

The space exploration firm based in California that is considering development of a rocket launch facility near Boca Chica Beach purchased four more lots.

The purchase follows a commitment of $15 million and other legislation from the state aimed at luring Space Exploration Technologies Corp., to Texas.

The firm now owns 12 lots in Cameron County. The most recent purchases were made in July from a private investor who bought the four lots in 2007 at property tax sales, according to public records.

Meanwhile, residents living near SpaceX’s test site outside of Waco have been warned to prepare for a louder-than-usual engine test from Friday through Monday. SpaceX has been tested advanced, reusable engines at the site.

NASA also has pushed back the company’s third resupply mission to the International Space Station from December to January. The flight is now set for between Jan. 17 and Feb. 16.

The earlier launch window, which extends from Dec. 11 to Jan. 10, was given to Orbital Sciences Corporation, which is set to fly its first Cygnus cargo resupply mission during that period.

The mission is dependent upon the success of a Cygnus demonstration flight to the station next month. Orbital is shooting for a Sept. 15 launch.