Georgia is making a late-to-the-game push to land SpaceX — a rocketship company that delivers cargo to the International Space Station — as the first tenant of a proposed “spaceport” in coastal Camden County.
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Staff writer Greg Bluestein contributed to this article.
SPACEX AT A GLANCE
— Elon Musk, the billionaire who started SpaceX in 2002, co-founded PayPal. He also owns electric car maker Tesla Motors.
— Headquartered near Los Angeles, SpaceX designs, builds and launches rockets and other spacecraft. The privately held company employs 3,000 people in California, Texas, Florida and Washington, D.C.
— The company has a $1.6 billion NASA contract to run a dozen resupply missions to the International Space Station. Another $440 million NASA contract will allow SpaceX to modify its rockets for astronauts. The company has commitments for 50 launches worth $4 billion, according to its website.
— Musk, born in South Africa, hopes “to revolutionize space transportation, with the ultimate goal of enabling people to live on other planets.”