SpaceX builds the first oceanic spaceport
company operates SpaceX SpaceX is building its first floating space platform. It plans to begin hosting launches early next year.
And theParticipate SpaceX CEO Elon Musk details the progress of building Deimos.
Deimos is one of two converted oil rigs that SpaceX purchased earlier this year.
The company wants to convert the two oil rigs into floating launch and landing sites for its upcoming reusable Starship missile.
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SpaceX’s purchase of the two rigs at the beginning of this year was to build Deimos and Phobos, two floating spaceports named after the moons of Mars.
They will serve as staging bases abroad for spacecraft launch activities. This is because the ultimate plan is to have the spacecraft provide transportation for both people and goods to and from the Red Planet.
The company moved Phobos to Pascagoula, Mississippi, from Port Galveston earlier this year so it can be retooled for spacecraft operations. Meanwhile, Deimos is under construction in the Port of Brownsville, Texas.
SpaceX and Spaceports:
Musk previously shared his vision of a future in which spaceports, such as Deimos, would be within easy reach of major hubs around the world.
This makes it possible for SpaceX to operate a globe-spanning network to travel from point to point at supersonic speeds, using Starship rockets to transport people from destinations as far away as Beijing to New York in about 30 minutes.
SpaceX is looking to conduct an orbital flight test of the Starship missile, which is still under development. In addition to the accompanying booster called the Super Heavy.
Musk previously said the company could start launching missiles from its offshore platform as early as the end of 2021.
The company recently made good progress on its Starship program with a successful high-altitude test launch and landing at the Starbase development site in Texas.
It is noteworthy that SpaceX is now in the process of preparing for its first orbital flight test. This includes the Starship flying over the Super Heavy for the first time.
And the Starship must be restored after testing after it falls off the coast of Hawaii.
The company is now running ground tests of the Raptor’s engine for longer to prepare for this next big breakthrough.
On the other hand, SpaceX lost multiple prototypes during previous tests. But it did make the SN15 prototype successfully land during a flight test in early May.