Hot Jobs In Aerospace at Brownsville, Texas - SpaceX Increases Sites and Employment

Artist rendering of SpaceX Dragon spacecraft docking at the International Space Station.
Artist rendering of SpaceX Dragon spacecraft docking at the International Space Station. | Source
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SpaceX Is A Super Company

Space Exploration Technologies is the full name of SpaceX. It is a privately held company that manufactures rockets and launches them into space in partnership with NASA.Hence, they agreed to become part of the NASA Commercial Crew of private companies that will explore and work in outer space. They will help mine asteroids for iron ore and water and help promote and supply the Mission to Mars. SpaceX is already helping to supply the International Space Station.

On December 8, 2010 the company was the first only commercial enterprise globally to send and return a space vehicle into and out of Low Earth Orbit.

The Falcon 9 Rocket carried the SpaceX Dragon vehicle into approximately two orbits. Dragon then fired its own thrusters via computer programming and returned to Earth in the Pacific Ocean. All this took only about 3 hours, 20 minutes. America is back in space to stay!

Contracts were signed for $4 Billion through 2017 before the final launch of the last US Space Shuttle, Endeavor, during July 2011. In 2012, SpaceX notified the public of the Greater Brownsville Area that a new project involving a launch area or space port was planned to arrive on Chico Beach under the supervision of SpaceX, being with it new jobs and businesses.

The Brownsville Area was one of several communities considered for construction of a launch site in the early years of NASA, Cape Canaveral being chosen. In the 2010s, Brownsville received its second chance at space.

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Space Project Location

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SpaceX

Opened in 2002, SpaceX operates in California. It was opened by Elon Musk, co-founder of PayPal. As a commercial and privatized space flight specialist company, it received money from NASA under the space agency's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) to develop and perfect commercial cargo transport to the International Space Station (ISS).

The SpaceX Dragon capsule will dock unmanned at the ISS after launch atop a Falcon 9 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on April 30, 2012 inn a 2-day event. Manned flights will follow quickly (reference: NASA.gov).

By October 2014 SpaceX owned 110 acres of land at Boca Chica Beach near Brownsville, Texas for launch sites. Another new office is scheduled to open in Seattle, Washington with many Microsoft engineers jumping shop to join the aerospace force.

Interestingly, Boca Chica Beach is just a couple of miles north of the Mexican border, on the Gulf of Mexico

Falcon Nine and Dragon

SpaceX Falcon 9 and Dragon Flying Model Rocket Kit
SpaceX Falcon 9 and Dragon Flying Model Rocket Kit

A historic first. This is a model of the first rocket to carry a successful commercially launched space vehicle.

 

Boca Chica Beach

Boca Chica Beach, Cameron County, Texas is the only site left in the state after testing over a dozen locations for the possibility of using them as effective space ports and launch pad locations.SpaceX is proud to operate there.

The SpaceX Falcon 9 is the premier space vehicle of the company, but others are manufactured by SpaceX, with additional models in the design stage. The area of Boca Chica Beach to be shaped into a launch site is all grass and sand, from where rockets and capsules will launch over the Gulf of Mexico.

The caveat to this location is that Boca Chica Village is a vacation property and fast becoming a retirement community, located just two miles from the launch pad. The project and installation could become as busy as or busier than Cape Canaveral has been at the height of the US Space Program. It is likely to be louder as well. Increasing business and jobs has the side effect of increasing noise in a previously tranquil area.

Las Palomas Wildlife Management Area might also be affected, but Cape Canaveral has maintained wildlife on its properties for some time successfully. Most government installations of this kind do promote and protect wildlife. For instance, state funded observatories in my own state have wildlife sanctuaries on their properties. SpaceX has demonstrated its expertise in handling sea turtles and similar wildlife at its other successful launching sites in Florida at Cape Canaveral, and in California and Texas.

Like many school districts in America, the Brownsville Independent School District includes STEM classes as major components of its curricula. STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. The launch site in Chico Beach will becomes a part of the STEM thrust in educating America's youth for global competence.

SpaceX Texas Properties

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Dragon capsule atop its cargo ring inside a processing hangar at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Nov. 16, 2011 before a successful demonstration flight for NASA COTS.
Dragon capsule atop its cargo ring inside a processing hangar at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Nov. 16, 2011 before a successful demonstration flight for NASA COTS. | Source

Boca Chica Village

This village has only 6 permanent residents, several more absentee property owners, and a total of 32 houses built long ago. Some people consider it a ghost town, located just one mile north of the mouth of the Rio Grande and near a couple of state parks or wildlife refuges..

The place is pretty desolate and the beaches undeveloped, much like the area around Cape Canaveral in the 1950s. Birding has become a big pastime on the beaches, though, with people on Internet bulletin boards encouraging others to come to the beach to add species to their lifetime viewing lists.

Boca Chica Beach would need to be closed for a few hours around the time of each spacecraft launch. Special considerations and accommodations for the permanent residents will likely be considered.

Emerging Jobs

Over 100 jobs are connected with the launch pad after construction, which building requires a larger number of jobs already. Soon after the launch site is functional, the Brownsville and SpaceX authorities feel that perhaps thousands of related jobs will emerge quickly as employees, families, and new businesses move into the area.

SpaceX Jobs Increased 75,000% during 2006 - 2012, along with other major expansions

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Most of the increase occurred from January 2011 - January 2012 with advent of Falcon 9 and Dragon spacecraft.Another dramatic increase began in February 2014.
Most of the increase occurred from January 2011 - January 2012 with advent of Falcon 9 and Dragon spacecraft.
Most of the increase occurred from January 2011 - January 2012 with advent of Falcon 9 and Dragon spacecraft. | Source
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Another dramatic increase began in February 2014.
Another dramatic increase began in February 2014. | Source

Brownsville Will Help Cover the Gulf of Mexico Area with Successful Spaceport Activity

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This site is one of the busiest for new SpaceX job creation.

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SpaceX Jobs Before Brownsville Construction

SpaceX Jobs are available at sites in Hawthorne CA, McGregor TX, Vandenberg AFB, CA; Los Angeles, and Cape Canaveral.

Highest Demand Jobs at SpaceX:

  1. CNC Horizontal Mill Machinists
  2. Electrical Engineers (Communications Systems)
  3. Electrical Engineers (Integration)
  4. Electrical Engineers (Instrumentation)
  5. Summer 2012 Internship - Vandenberg Launch Site - Apply Now!
  6. Range Systems Safety Engineers
  7. Command and Control Engineers
  8. Manufacturing Engineers
  9. Packaging Engineers
  10. MES Business Analysts
  11. Command and Control Technicians
  12. Integration Technicians
  13. Electrical Engineers (Power - Facilities & Systems)
  14. Saw Cutters
  15. Structural Welders

Brownsville Jobs Increasing Markedly

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Jobs increased with the advent of new manufacturing concerns and new partnerships with nearby Mexican cities.
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Jobs increased with the advent of new manufacturing concerns and new partnerships with nearby Mexican cities.
Jobs increased with the advent of new manufacturing concerns and new partnerships with nearby Mexican cities. | Source

Economic Development

A new trucking manufacturing facility opened in 2012 with 300,000 ft2 of space. A new Industrial Park in North Brownsville includes 75 acres of land. Several organizations have named Brownsville a Best City in Texas in 2010.

Highest Demand Jobs Before SpaceX

SimplyHired lists over 2,000 jobs in Brownsville, with highest demand for the following occupations:

  1. Engineers - private companies and the USAF
  2. RN Nurses - includes travel nurses at higher pay and increased benefits.
  3. Occupational Therapists and Assistants
  4. Physical Therapists and Assistants
  5. Truckers - Owner Operators
  6. Salespeople
  7. Financial Advisors
  8. Merchandisers
  9. Speech Therapists
  10. Restaurant Managers and Crew - fast food, casual dining

More About Elon Musk

CEO of Space X and co-founder of PayPal, Elon Musk is also CEO of Tesla Motors Inc. (founded 2003), and SolarCity Corp. (founded 2006). An initial public offering of SolarCity Corp. stock is planned for 2012, the same being planned for SpaceX in 2013. The IPO for Tesla Motors did well and stock values rose dramatically soon afterward.

SolarCity leases rooftop solar-power systems and Tesla makes battery-powered automobiles. The first Tesla car, the Model S is planned for release in July 2012 (price tag $57,000+). SolarStrong is a $1 Billion project to place solar energy into up to 120,000 military living spaces.

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ALL4JESUS 4 years ago from USA

I watched the interview with the entrepreneur who is heading this and it is simply amazing. Yes, the world has berated him for venturing into new terriotories that they say he doesn't know enough about. I found the negative lines from the professionals disturbing.

He wanted support and yet the field of his expertise was trying to shun him.

I am hoping the job opportunities turn the tide to a genium respect and admiration for his work.


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THEPEOPLESVOICENI 4 years ago from Belfast Northern Ireland

Ecellent hub


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

I didn't know anything about SpaceX until now. Since NASA has all but shut down, the Melbourne area jobless rate has been high and house prices have dropped to a very depressing low value. I am glad to know that space exploration is happening with a private company affiliated with NASA and it sure will be a boom for that area. I really enjoyed reading your informative hub.


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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America Author

NASA is gathering renters for the areas that were dedicated to the US Space Shuttle Program, but they have always had areas devoted to moon exploration and Mission to Mars. The agency also works with schools in STEM education, has its own television network and much more. NASA works with other countries as well. The shuttle program was only one part of the agency.

We have a NASA division in Ohio that works on many different projects and is always busy.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

I read an article recently about their intention to pursue a Mars mission, but I knew they had to back out of the European joint ventures due to lack of money. I didn't know they were working with schools In Stem education. Thanks for all the information about NASA.

I only mentioned Melbourne as my son has a gorgeous home there that he is renting because it is so difficult to sell since the bulk of the NASA laid off roughly 6000 workers. He is a computer programmer and works in the NSA in Washington now.


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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America Author

I am glad he found another job!

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