What is Starbase? Elon Musk shares new photo with Grimes and son after claiming he's creating his own city

Tesla and SpaceX boss shares rare glimpse of his life with singer wife and baby X Æ A-Xii

SpaceX founder Elon Musk is said to be creating his own city in Boca Chica Village, Texas. Reuters
SpaceX founder Elon Musk is said to be creating his own city in Boca Chica Village, Texas. Reuters

Elon Musk shared a sweet family photo of him with wife Grimes, 32, and their baby son X Æ A-Xii, aged 10 months, on Twitter on Monday, captioning the post: "Starbase, Texas."

The three are gazing at a beautiful bouquet, both parents sporting stylish sunglasses as Canadian singer Grimes also dons a single bloom in her hair.

Starbase, which the billionaire, 49, refers to, is something he mentioned in a Twitter thread last Wednesday. In it, he said he's "creating the city of Starbase", near Boca Chica Village in Cameron County, Texas.

This is where he also has a private launch site and rocket production centre for his aerospace manufacturing company SpaceX.

epa09050389 A handout satellite image made available by MAXAR Technologies shows the SpaceX Starship SN10 prior to launch, at the SpaceX South Texas launch site in Boca Chica, Texas, USA, 03 March 2021. The rocket launched and succusfully touched down, then exploded around 10 minutes after landing. EPA/MAXAR TECHNOLOGIES / HANDOUT -- MANDATORY CREDIT: SATELLITE IMAGE 2020 MAXAR TECHNOLOGIES -- the watermark may not be removed/cropped -- HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES
The SpaceX South Texas launch site in Boca Chica, Texas. EPA/Maxar Technologies

"From thence to Mars, and hence to stars," he wrote poetically in the thread.

He also said he sees Starbase as encompassing the town, as well as a "much larger" area.

More details are yet to be released by Musk, but it seems he might actually be looking to change the name of Boca Chica altogether, as Bloomberg reports a SpaceX representative made a "casual inquiry" recently about what was required to rename the community the City of Starbase, according to Cameron County Judge Eddie Trevino.

Boca Chica Village was founded as Kennedy Shores in 1967 and was renamed Kopernik Shores in 1975.

There have been numerous reports over the past few years about Musk trying to buy out the village's residents, of which there are very few, although several are said to have refused the offer as it was "insultingly low", according to Vice.

They remained in the town as of October 2020, while others took the money and left early in the year.

In August, SpaceX posted a job advertisement for a "resort development manager", to develop the area "into a 21st-century spaceport" and the company's first resort.

Trevino told Bloomberg, however, that sending a tweet about his plans was not enough. "They have a lot of hoops and hurdles to go through before they can make it so."

It seems Texas will be a major focus of Musk's future plans. Tesla is also building a factory in East Austin, while the private Musk Foundation has moved to Austin from California, and the businessman has said he has relocated to the Lone Star State.

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Updated: March 9, 2021 01:27 PM

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