Florida leaders and others compete for SpaceX launch site

Published On: Dec 30 2012 06:56:05 AM EST
Updated On: Dec 30 2012 06:56:23 AM EST
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Associated Press

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -

Florida leaders are competing with several others to have the new launch site for SpaceX.

Leaders in Puerto Rico, Georgia, and Texas also want to attract the commercial spaceport to their location.

They're all trying to put together the most attractive packages, but Florida appears to have the edge because of the state's space history and general funding.

SpaceX, which stands for Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, is based in California.

Earlier this year, SpaceX became the first company to send a privately built rocket to the International Space Station (ISS).

It delivered 1,200 pounds of food and supplies to the ISS.

A capsule attached to the rocket also carried the ashes of more than 300 people, including actor James Doohan, who played Scotty on the Star Trek series and movies.

His ashes were released into space.

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