Deimos and Phobos
SpaceX has purchased two huge oil rigs for its Mars-bound starship spacecraft to transform into a floating spaceport. Named Phobos and Deimos, after two Martian moons, SpaceX intended large-scale structures to support super heavy lift launches.
We now get to see the massive scale of the two rigs thanks to the recently captured photographs.
Dipped in mist from the Port of Pascagoula, Mississippi, Phobos stands out like a sore thumb. Derrick, a steel tower meant to hold the rig’s drilling equipment, has towers around it – almost as if a starship was already sitting on a platform ready for liftoff.
SpaceX’s starship offshore platform, Phobos, has entered the Port of Pascagoula in Mississippi. pic.twitter.com/IKjiPSJR4F
– Brady Kenniston (@ The Favorite) January 22, 2021
There were also two platforms, as seen by aerospace and launch photographer Jack Baird Names given Corresponding to their new names.
I have been searching around the Port of Brownsville while waiting for the starship test and found an oil rig that appears to be named Demos after a moon on Mars! Based on job posting and @Elon Musk‘S tweet, I’m willing to bet that SpaceX is involved. @NASASpaceflight pic.twitter.com/zhTOGNnZKd
– Jack Beyer (@thejackbeyer) 19 January 2021
Replacing the oil spill as a means of launching its spacecraft has been part of SpaceX’s plans for some time.
CEO Elon Musk wrote, “SpaceX is building a floating, superheavy class spaceport for hypersonic travel around Mars, the Moon, and Earth.” June 2020 tweet.
It is still unclear whether SpaceX will begin work on converting the two leaks. But if the recent development of its starship spacecraft is anything to go by, we should expect to see some modifications of the oil spill as soon as possible.
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