SpaceX Expands In Texas

Hawthorne-based Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), the commercial rocket firm headed by Elon Musk, said Wednesday afternoon that it is expanding its rocket development facility in Texas. The firm said it has leased 631 acres for its test facility, more than double its existing facility near McGregor, Texas. Musk said in a statement that the facility is "critical" to its operations and upcoming launch contracts. The firm has been in Texas since 2003, where it expects to have at least 140 employees by the end of the year. The firm has 1,250 employees company-wide. (Photo credit: SpaceX).