A job listing for a Resort Development Manager on SpaceX’s website has tipped their hand: The Elon Musk-run spaceflight company is looking for someone to oversee the design and construction of a luxury spaceport in Brownsville, Texas, next to the small unincorporated community of Boca Chica Village.
Taking a page from Virgin Galactic, who revealed their luxe “Gateway to Space” building in the deserts of New Mexico last August, SpaceX is looking to create an end-to-end space travel system for its (presumably ultra-wealthy) future passengers. As the posting states:
Boca Chica Village is our latest launch site dedicated to Starship, our next generation launch vehicle. SpaceX is committed to developing this town into a 21st century Spaceport. We are looking for a talented Resort Development Manager to oversee the development of SpaceX’s first resort from inception to completion.
Boca Chica Village is where the company is currently testing its Starship prototype, a massive, reusable super heavy-lift rocket that, once complete, is expected to carry up to 100 passengers. Musk has stated that his ultimate goal is to start a Mars colony with one million residents, but in the meantime, Starship will first ferry paying patrons on a trip around the moon. The luxury spaceport makes sense, then, as tourists paying an astronomical sum would likely want to enjoy the trip at every stage, including the earthbound ones.
Aside from Boca Chica Village, Musk has previously stated that he wanted to build both floating launchpads and spaceports for Starship departures and landings, as the system is quite loud and obvious. His idea seemingly is bearing fruit, as in June, SpaceX posted that it was hiring for two “offshore operations engineers,” also based in Brownsville.