SpaceX is building its first platform for a floating spaceport and plans to make the first launches as early as next year. CEO Elon Musk shared the news on the progress of construction of Deimos, one of two refurbished oil platforms that SpaceX acquired this year to turn them into launch and landing sites for the company’s future reusable rocket.
The space company acquired two former oil platforms in early 2021. They were named Deimos and Phobos in honor of the two moons of Mars. SpaceX plans to convert both of them to floating launch and landing platforms for the upcoming reusable Starship rockets. The names of the platforms directly refer to the fact that they will be used to launch the indicated spacecraft to Mars.
According to the engineers' plan, these platforms will act as key nodes in the network of points designed for hypersonic travel, announced earlier. For example, with their help, it will be possible to get from Beijing to New York in 30 minutes.
SpaceX is already preparing to test the Starship in orbital flight and the Super Heavy rocket booster. The company is also continuing ground testing of its Raptor engines.