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Trump's boundary wall could sever Elon Musk's SpaceX Texas Launchpad

The SpaceX port, built by Elon Musk in Boca Chica, Texas, for the launch of trading missiles to Mars runs the risk of being cut in half by Donald Trump's US-Mexico border wall.

A map compiled by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) shows the planned route of the fence between Mexico and the US separating the launch site from SpaceX South Texas, Bloomberg reported.

The 50-acre spaceport (20 hectares) is currently being built in the village of Boca Chica near the town of Brownsville and is one of the company's four spaceports – others are located in Florida and California.

Proposed wall "cuts through" SpaceX Texas

The remote site in Texas will be used for US commercial launch, including the Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy missiles.

However, the proposed route of the border wall would significantly hinder these efforts and, according to Bloomberg, has caused concern among Democrats.

"This problem with SpaceX is that the fence goes right through the property and that's a problem," said California Congressman Lucille Roybal-Allard.

Representatives are now working to ensure that the site SpaceX is spared by the Wall Route before the final approval of the project on February 19, 2019.

SpaceX does not want to comment

SpaceX and Musk reportedly refuse to comment on the situation in Texas.

Bloomberg added that company spokesman James Gleeson confirmed that the DHS and US Customs and Border Patrol visited the Texas hub but refused to confirm whether the fence would affect the project.


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