SpaceX Focuses on Building Floating Spaceports for Mars Missions
The plan is to build spaceports to launch SpaceX's superheavy rockets up into the air.
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If SpaceX had it its own way, all flights would be under an hour — no matter which point to point you're traveling to and from. Sign us up, please!
On top of super-fast Earth travel, it's no new news that the space company is also looking to keep sending people and astronauts to the Moon and Mars.
SpaceX is building floating, superheavy-class spaceports for Mars, moon & hypersonic travel around Earth https://t.co/zLJjz43hKw— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 16, 2020
In order to do so, SpaceX is looking to build floating spaceports that will end up being launch sites for these Super Heavy-class launch vehicles.
Elon Musk, SpaceX CEO and founder, posted the job ad on Twitter on Tuesday.
At the moment, the entire project is still in its concept stages, however, this job ad is proof that it's well and truly pushing forward.
SpaceX is looking to use its Super Heavy rocket booster combined with its Starship spacecraft to carry out these missions. Primarily developed to send astronauts and potential future relocators to Mars, Super Heavy and Starship are being worked on to help "make humans an interstellar species."
There will be many test flights before commercial passengers are carried. First Earth to Earth test flights might be in 2 or 3 years.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 16, 2020
SpaceX's point-to-point space-based travel would bring Earth travel to a whole new level. By flying to the edge, or just beyond, Earth's atmosphere, the cost of refueling, and the duration of the flight would be greatly minimized.
The Starship spacecraft has been developed in Brownsville, Texas, which is where the job posting would be. Not much more information has been provided by Musk or the company, aside from responding to someone's Twitter post by saying "referb[ushing] oil platforms with a hyperloop to transport from land" was "pretty much" part of the plan.
SpaceX rarely lies still, earlier this month the company launched 60 Starlink satellites up into low-Earth orbit, all part of its plan to provide affordable Internet to hard-to-reach areas around the world.
Pretty much— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 16, 2020
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