Mogul breaks ground on Fla. spaceport

Nov. 3, 2007 at 12:03 AM

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Space Exploration Technologies has broken ground on a commercial launch complex at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Internet mogul Elon Musk said his company, known as SpaceX, plans to have a Falcon 9 rocket at the historic Launch Complex 40 by late 2008, Florida Today said Friday.

Brig. Gen. Susan Helms, 45th Space Wing commander, welcomed Musk at a news conference Thursday. She said she was overseeing the safety of the new rockets, the newspaper said.

"We're in a partnership to make this all work," said Helms, a former astronaut. "We all see value in enabling these new capabilities. There is no intent to relax safety standards."

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