SpaceX will serve it as floating launch pads for the company's Starship rocket.
Texas, January 21 - Neftegaz.RU.
2 offshore drilling rigs, previously used for oil & gas exploration beneath the seabed, could soon help with space exploration.
Drilling company Valaris sold the rigs to Elon Musk's aerospace company SpaceX, which will serve as floating launch pads for the company's Starship rocket.
It will be interesting to see what these 2 oil rigs
end up looking like after the modifications for space missions have been made.
The pair of rigs, named Deimos and Phobos, after the 2 Mars´ moons, are in the Port of Brownsville near SpaceX’s facility.
The Port of Brownsville is home to a handful of oil drilling rigs, as drilling
operations are regularly conducted in the Gulf of Mexico.
The rigs were sold by Valaris, the world’s largest owner of offshore oil rigs, in July 2020 for $7 million.
Weeks later, Valaris officially filed for bankruptcy, explaining the sale of multiple half-billion-dollar assets for scrap prices.
SpaceX, or Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, was founded by Musk back in 2002 to cut space transportation costs and enable the colonization of Mars.
Elon Musk has said that he hopes SpaceX will begin sending passenger flights to Mars by 2026.
Musk is also the CEO of Tesla
, which creates electric vehicles to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy and solar panels to do the same. Furthermore, Musk has already started envisioning zero-emissions rockets.