Musk Plans Starlink Manufacturing Plant in Austin, “Starbase” City at Boca Chica

Planet SkySat deployed during SpaceX’s ninth Starlink mission using Exolaunch’s CarboNix deployer. (Credit: SpaceX website)

by Douglas Messier
Managing Editor

Elon Musk’s SpaceX plans to build a state-of-the-art manufacturing plant to produce dishes, Wi-Fi routers and related devices for the Starlink satellite broadband network in Austin, Texas, and establish the “city of Starbase” at Boca Chica, Texas.

“Specifically, they will design and develop control systems and software for production line machinery – ultimately tackling the toughest mechanical, software, and electrical challenges that come with high volume manufacturing, all while maintaining a focus on flexibility, reliability, maintainability, and ease of use,” said a job posting for the position of automation and controls engineer.

SpaceX builds Starlink satellites in Redmond, Wash. The company has received approval to launch nearly 12,000 satellites to provide broadband communications services around the world.

Musk has also hinted about plans for the company’s test site at Boca Chica, Texas. “Creating the city of Starbase, Texas,” he tweeted.

SpaceX has plans to develop a spaceport and resort at the location, where it is currently testing prototypes of its massive Starship vehicle. Starship is a booster/spacecraft that will be paired with the planned Super Heavy first stage. A test of the Starship SN10 prototype is expected later today.

Musk’s company has been buying out homes in Boca Chica Village, a small community located near SpaceX’s test site.

SpaceX is advertising for a spaceport development specialist to oversee work at Boca Chica. It is a temporary six-month position that could be converted to permanent employee status based on performance and business need.