SpaceX balks at Canaveral’s proposed $15,000 port fees

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SpaceX could have to pay port fees of up to $15,000 for each Falcon 9 booster it returns to Port Canaveral.

The proposed fee, to be considered at a Canaveral Port Authority meeting this week, is intended to cover the costs to the port of handling the stage, which is returned to port on SpaceX’s autonomous spaceport drone ship after the stage lands at sea.

SpaceX opposes the proposal, arguing that the fee is 14 times higher than what any other user of the port is charged for using its facilities. [Florida Today]


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