SpaceX says it’s working on a ‘state-of-the-art’ manufacturing facility in Austin, Texas

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Elon Musk’s rocket company, SpaceX, says it’s planning a facility in Austin, Texas.

SpaceX lists two job openings on its website — one for an assembly-and-packaging equipment engineer and another for an automation-and-controls engineer — that will be based at the future Austin location, local outlet KXAN spotted Tuesday. The postings don’t offer details beyond that the new location will be a “manufacturing facility.”

“To keep up with global demand, SpaceX is breaking ground on a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Austin, TX,” the company said in one description

The automation engineer job, which will focus on SpaceX’s satellite internet business, Starlink, requires that applicants agree to travel to SpaceX’s Los Angeles-area headquarters 25% of the time “until Austin facility is fully established.” SpaceX did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment about when the facility will be finished and what kind of work will happen there. 

The company is headquartered in Hawthorne, California, and already has multiple outposts in the Lone Star State. It operates a launch site in Boca Chica, Texas, and a rocket-development facility in Hawthorne, Texas. 

A new SpaceX facility in Texas would follow the pattern of Musk resettling his personal life and some of his business to the state, and Austin more specifically. 

In late 2020, Musk confirmed that he had moved to Texas following multiple spats with California’s public-health officials over COVID-19 restrictions. Last year, Musk also listed several of his Los Angeles homes for sale and quietly moved his charitable foundation to Texas, Bloomberg first reported. 

Last July, Tesla chose Austin as the site of its next US manufacturing plant, which will build its planned electric pickup truck, the Cybertruck. In November, Musk’s tunneling firm, The Boring Company, posted several jobs in the Austin area. 

And Musk hasn’t been shy about his bullishness on Austin. 

“It’s going to be the biggest boomtown that America has seen in 50 years, at least — megaboom,” Musk said during a February interview on Joe Rogan’s podcast. 

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