SpaceX Receives Approval for Dragon Facility at Cape Canaveral

Planned expansion of Landing Zone 1 (Credit: SpaceX)

SpaceX has received approval for the addition of a Dragon processing and refurbishment facility and static fire test stand at Cape Canaveral adjacent to Landing Zone 1 where Falcon 1 stages return to Earth.

The approval came from the St. Johns River Water Management District, which reviewed the project’s plan for storm water infrastructure.

“The Processing Facility finished floor, the building apron, and the static fire test pad will be constructed of concrete while the surrounding aprons and associated pathways will be constructed of a crushed gravel mixture,” according to the application. “A storm water management system will be constructed to retain all water on-site for percolation.”

The static fire test stand will be used to test launch abort motors for the Dragon 2 crew vehicle that is set to make its maiden flight early next year. The project area covers 7.6 acres.


  • windbourne

    Now, if only SX would make a version of the D2 that can land on land, as well as other planets.
    Then not only could SX use it, but so could NASA. Return samples? Not an issue.
    Put a lander on one or more of jupiter’s moons? Easy enough.
    How about a lander on the back side of Mercury?

    Basically, a sealed lander that could land on any of these rocks and put down say 2-10 tonnes would be a HUGE difference for NASA science.

  • Michael Vaicaitis

    Musk has already said that the new/subscale BFS will be the new planetary lander. Dragon 2 has taken too long to come to fruition and Elon’s interplanetary plans have left it behind.
    ““There was a time when I thought that the Dragon approach to landing on Mars… would be the right way to land on Mars,” Musk said at the ISS R&D Conference in Washington, DC today. “But now I’m pretty confident that is not the right way. There’s a far better approach. That’s what the next generation of SpaceX rockets and spacecraft is going to do.”

  • windbourne

    yeah, but unless it is scalable, it will likely be too expensive to drop scientific instruments off.
    Don’t get me wrong. If he can make it scalable and use the BFR to throw say 50-100 tonnes at Mars, Jupiter, etc, for a low costs I say GREAT.
    But, we need the ability to put robotics and scientific items on many surfaces. Having NASA work with old space to design unique approaches is far too expensive.