Elon Musk loves Twitter, be it to chat with the CEO of Volkswagen, talk about cryptocurrencies or make important announcements. This weekend, Musk used his account to introduce Deimos, a floating space platform.
Earlier this year, SpaceX bought two old oil rigs to convert them into Deimos and Phobos, two spaceports. Elon Musk announced on Twitter that Deimos should be ready for use as early as next year.
The Deimos spaceport is being built for launch next year https://t.co/WJQka399c7
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 30, 2021
Deimos and Phobos are growing up
For the little anecdote, Deimos and Phobos are the natural satellites of Mars. It’s not for nothing that Elon Musk and the SpaceX teams chose these names. Deimos and Phobos are mainly used by Starship. This rocket is SpaceX’s primary concern right now. Elon Musk relies heavily on Starship to colonize Mars.
In the past few months, SpaceX has been ramping up test launches for Starship, so it wouldn’t be surprising that Deimos would be welcoming this rocket for an initial test at sea in the coming months, and a launch from Deimos this summer would be a bit ambitious, but not impossible.
Spaceship that will also be used for express trips around the world in the future. This concept, called “Earth to Earth”, should enable a New York – Shanghai flight in just 39 minutes.
Back to Deimos and Phobos: The launch bases should be ready for use by 2022. However, Elon Musk made us used to be careful with his schedule. Note that these platforms are not strictly necessary for Starship, so there may be a delay in work.
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