SpaceX planning to build offshore spaceports
Ladies and Gentlemen, SpaceX is apparently vying to launch missions to Mars from water, and NOT from firm ground!
Elon Musk announced on twitter that SpaceX is “building floating, superheavy-class spaceports for Mars, moon and hypersonic travel around Earth”.
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The tweet came as a reply to another tweet posted by SpaceXFleet.com, which states that SpaceX is hiring Offshore Operations Engineers in Brownsville, Texas. As a side note, the company is also seeking to hire Offshore System Technicians.
Additionally, Space.com reported that SpaceX intends to build an offshore spaceport in the Gulf of Mexico, near Texas. This spaceport will be used to launch missions to mars their future generation spacecraft, the Starship.
For safety reasons, offshore launches would have to take place far from the coast, which means that they might not be viewable from land. In another tweet posted on June 16, Musk stated that the spaceport must be “far enough away so as not to bother heavily populated areas”. He also added onlookers “can get within a few miles of the spaceport in a boat”.
According to SpaceX, the Starship is a “fully reusable transportation system designed to carry both crew and cargo to Earth orbit, Moon, Mars and beyond”. Starship is also able to carry a payload that exceeds 100 metric tonnes to Low-Earth Orbit.
Furthermore, it has been selected as one of the four launch systems chosen by NASA to be a part of its Artemis Program. The main objective of the $35 billion program is to resume exploration of the Moon and the lunar surface by 2024.
In conclusion, terra firma be darned! Mars colonization through water it is!