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Posted: Saturday, August 29, 2015 11:00 pm

Land purchases and preparations continue in developing the world’s first commercial and vertical rocket launch site near Boca Chica beach.

CameronCounty earlier this year transferred ownership of 25 lots to the Cameron County Spaceport Development Corp. Those lots now have been conveyed to Elon Musk’s SpaceX.

CameronCounty Judge Pete Sepulveda Jr. has said these lots are in the vicinity of the launch area and his understanding is the properties would be used to develop parking.

The Cameron County Spaceport Development Corp. transferred the lots to SpaceX July 30 for “$10 and other good and valuable consideration,” the special warranty deed filed this month states.

SpaceX recently purchased another lot in the development area on the front steps of the CameronCountyJudicialBuilding at a property tax-delinquency public auction, records show.

SpaceX now owns about 140 acres of land in the area. The purchases mostly have been made through SpaceX’s Dogleg Park LLC.

The Brownsville Navigation District, a nearby neighbor, pitched in by dedicating an additional 50 acres for SpaceX’s wetland mitigation plan, public records show.

SpaceX, in turn, transferred, or will transfer, the land to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to mitigate impacts to wetlands.

SpaceX’s 2013 mitigation plan has gone through 10 revisions through April of this year, public records show.

SpaceX plans to launch the Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy orbital vertical rockets, which also could carry the Dragon capsule, and a variety of smaller, reusable suborbital launch vehicles from Boca Chica.

The site of the $100 million launch complex in the making is 17 miles east-northeast of the BrownsvilleSouthPadre IslandInternationalAirport and about 5 miles south of South Padre Island.

Construction is expected to begin in earnest this fall.

Amid the nonstop developments this summer, SpaceX continues to seek an electrical engineer for the launch pad facilities.

“We seek future colleagues with a rare mix of drive, passion, scrappiness, intelligence, and curiosity to seek what’s beyond the stars,” the job posting states.

“Playing a direct role in advancing the course of human history is no small endeavor. Join us, and find your place in the SpaceX legacy.”

After all, “This is SpaceX. We are not like most companies. Our goal is to do what has never before been done — enabling mankind to live on other planets. We push the boundaries of what is currently possible, and understand it takes rare individuals to help us make this happen.

“If you’re undaunted by the impossible, actively seeking out insanely challenging projects under tight schedules, and want to work with a remarkable organization pushing the envelope of human exploration, then you will want to be part of the SpaceX legacy,” the aerospace firm states.

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