SpaceX started construction on a half-million-square-foot building on a rural property in Bastrop County, Texas.
Via the San Antonio Express-News, the new building is across the road from the Boring Company and is 15-minutes outside of downtown Bastrop.
The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation paperwork states that the facility will cost around $43 million and is listed as a shell building.
SpaceX hasn’t revealed what it plans to do with the building, but the building has been referred to as “Project Echo”.
Some believe since the building is across from the Boring Company, it has something to do with the Hyperloop or tunnelling. While others think it may be just a research and development space for SpaceX. However according to a source familiar with the project that spoke with Drive Tesla, the facility will actually be used to manufacture Starlink equipment.
Elon Musk visited the site last month, which saw Prufrock II debut its tunnelling abilities near the site.
The next generation of tunnelling machines from the Boring Company can tunnel at a speed of one mile per week, six times faster than the current generation.
According to the development order, the building should wrap up construction around March.
Maybe by then, we will know what SpaceX has in mind for the mystery building near Bastrop, which could house Project Echo.