Before SpaceX was hiring for engineers for marine operations in Brownsville, Texas. Among the duties specified work in a team of engineers and technicians on the design and construction of offshore platforms for launching missiles.
It is no secret that SpaceX Elon musk is going to put a rocket heavy class Starship on the water. One of the first detailed references appeared during a speech Mask in October 2017. Now, in his Twitter Elon said that the company is working on a floating launch sites for this purpose.
During that presentation it was presented a video of Starship passengers flew from ocean platform near new York, and then landed after 39 minutes on the same floating cosmodrome near Shanghai.
SpaceX is looking for professionals for the construction of the platform
However, plans for actual construction of the launch platform had to be postponed because of lack of strength. Now the aerospace company has posted two openings for engineers, which should help to design and build an operational marine missile complex.
None of the vacancies there is no mention of Starship, but both are located in Brownsville Texas – this city is located about 30 minutes West of the southeastern tip of the state, where SpaceX builds and tests prototypes of missiles Starship spaceport on Boca Chica.
After the discovery by journalists of these vacancies Elon Musk commented on this in one of the tweets:
SpaceX is building a floating space docks heavy class for Mars, the moon, and hypersonic travel around the Earth.
The concept starts with an off-shore platform is not new. For example, the international consortium “Sea launch”, which includes the Ukrainian company “Pivdenmash” and GKB “South”, the first launched rocket “Zenit” orbital class with such a platform in the Atlantic ocean in March 1999.
Although SpaceX has no experience in launching rockets from ocean platforms, the company has already planted on the floating platform more than four dozen boosters of the first stage – the most expensive part of the system startup. These boosters are recovered and then reused, saving SpaceX millions of dollars. Elon Musk did not fail to note that Sea launch is not able to launch a rocket of superheavy class, and especially to return them.
Additionally, SpaceX recently won a NASA contract to transform a Starship into the system to deliver people to the moon. The company also intends to deliver to the natural satellite of the Earth Japanese billionaire yūsaku Maezawa in 2023, and then in 2024 the first humans to Mars.
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