Once again, Elon Musk began to send out on Twitter. The social network has become the favourite medium of the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla to comment on the technological advances of their companies and often offers very interesting data for future projects.
The latest one has jumped out thanks to the latest vacancies published by SpaceX. In particular, these are jobs for engineers in offshore operations, i.e. highly qualified technical personnel in maritime operations, such as those who have worked on offshore oil platforms.
In the same job offer, it is detailed that the personnel who will be joining will work as part of a team of engineers and technicians in the design and construction of an offshore rocket launch facility.
SpaceX is building floating, superheavy-class spaceports for Mars, moon & hypersonic travel around Earth https://t.co/zLJjz43hKw
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 16, 2020
Elon Musk was quick to confirm the offer and provide further details about it. “SpaceX is building super-heavy floating spaceports for trips to Mars, the Moon and hypersonic journeys within the Earth,” said the company’s own CEO and newfound father.
As one user answers, the use of boats to launch ships is not really new. There are already some oil platforms with launch capability and it seems that Elon Musk’s plan is going that way. The refurbishment of these sea-going vessels may be a good starting point and, moreover, more environmentally friendly than building from scratch. “More or less”, he answers when asked about that particular feature.
A user of the social network asked Musk directly about the forecasts for the first hypersonic land flight. “There will be many test flights before we start carrying passengers. The first test flights between points on Earth will begin in two or three years,” he concluded.
Hypersonic travel between Earth points is one of the most important bets of SpaceX. It promises cargo and people travel by linking large cities in just a few minutes. For example, the trip between London and Hong Kong would take about 34 minutes.