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SpaceX CEO talks Texas 'Space-Port' at SXSW

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It's safe to say, Elon Musk is a pretty smart guy.

He helped start Pay-Pal and now he's the CEO of both Tesla Motors and SpaceX. SpaceX is the space travel company that may very well pass up NASA in going "where no one has gone before."

Now he's hoping to put a commercial space-port here in Texas. He says the ones out there now are Air Force bases. Cape Canaveral in Florida and Vandenberg in California.

"There's an important need for Air Force space launch bases as there is for Air Force airports. But then there's also a need for commercial airports," Musk said.

Musk says they need to be able to launch eastward and be close to the equater. So Texas is the leading candidate.

This week, Musk was in Austin to try to drum up some legislation to make it all happen.

"One of the things we need for example is we need to be able to close the beach while we're doing a launch. And Texas has the 'open beaches act.' So it's like 'Okay...we can't launch if there's someone right next to the rocket on the beach,'" Musk joked with the crowd.

Musk says they also need some legal protection from that one person that will complain about a space-port being built -- so they won't spend all their time in court.

We asked some of the attendees what they think about the space-port and SpaceX in general.

"You know I really appreciated what he had to say about the need for a commercial port. And so I hope Texas allows him to do that," said Lee Birdsong from Atlanta.

"Keeping up the hope of where mankind can go...it's just beyond anything...really fantastic," said Alex Kummerman from Paris, France.

And if space travel becomes like buying a plane ticket, would you take a ride?

"Yeah I think so...sort of like, you know, taking up parachuting when your 90," said Shannon McGlathery from San Diego.

Musk is also a big advocate of getting someone on Mars in his lifetime.

He says if SpaceX can carry on without him for awhile...he'll go.

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