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SpaceX Still Wants Launch Site In Texas – SXSW 2013

He transformed the way we buy goods on the internet with Paypal, the way we get around with Tesla, and how we send goods into space with Dragon. Yep, Elon Musk definitely has the credentials to be a keynote speaker at SXSW interactive 2013.

Listen to Elon Musk talk about a possible launch site in Texas at SXSW Interactive. 

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Musk’s third company, SpaceX, is the world’s fastest-growing provider of launch services. It has nearly 50 launches under its belt, representing more than $4 billion in contracts. SpaceX’s headquarters is located in California, but the company tests rocket motors across the country, including in McGregor, Texas. During the keynote, Elon Musk says he’s still pursuing a launch site in Texas.

From Paypal, to Tesla to the Dragon, Elon Musk is known for creating products that transform the way we live. He speaks with author Chris Anderson (left) at SXSW Interactive. (Lauren Silverman)

Musk told interviewer Chris Anderson during the Keynote that he’s meeting with the Texas legislature while here in Austin for SXSW to to talk about the potential third launch location. The two current launch sites are in Florida and California.

“We need a third launch site that’s a commercial launch site,” Musk says. Just like you wouldn’t expect personal airliners to land at a military base, Musk says it makes sense to have a commercial launch site. Texas is competing with other locations, including Puerto Rico and Florida.

Democratic state Rep. Rene Oliveria of Brownsville, the area being considered for the site, says the has previously said the state has pledged $3.2 million toward enticing SpaceX.

“Right Now Texas is a leading candidate,” Musk says.

For now, take a tour of SpaceX’s Rocket Development Facility in McGregor, Texas.

SpaceX Texas Rocket Development Facility from SpaceX on Vimeo.