Texas lead contender for spaceport

The Associated Press

South Texas is the leading candidate for a launch site for the company that sent the world’s first commercial supply ship to the International Space Station.

SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk said he wants to build a spaceport near Brownsville, TX. He said Wednesday he plans to talk to Texas Gov. Rick Perry about incentives and other issues.

SpaceX also is considering sites in Florida and Puerto Rico.

Last month, the SpaceX Dragon delivered 1,000 pounds of provisions to the space station and returned with 1,400 pounds of old equipment.

California-based SpaceX is the first private business to send a cargo ship to the space station. The company hopes to launch another capsule in September.

Musk visited the Dragon at the company’s Texas rocket factory Wednesday.