“Yes, there has been an increase in intensity, and that has been addressed with the company,” said Andrew Smith, executive director of the McGregor Economic Development Corp. “They want to be good neighbors.” Multiple sources said SpaceX is actively pursuing a solution, not wanting to antagonize a community on which it has staked its future.
Specifically, SpaceX continues installing a new test stand that muffles testing noise significantly, he said. SpaceX has had a presence in McGregor since 2003, and before that, the nearly 10,000 acres comprising the city’s industrial park was occupied by the U.S. Navy and defense contractors.
He said city management and the McGregor City Council got involved.
Smith said the new vertical test stand should be online within 60 days.
McGregor Mayor Jim Hering wrote a letter to residents in mid-December, addressing the situation and requesting patience with SpaceX, which he described as a first class corporate citizen that has been true to its word.
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