SpaceX hired a Louisiana company to build a drone ship
SpaceX is a company that designs, manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft. They work with NASA and various corporations to send supplies, satellites and at some point humans into space.
I was watching a video from the MIT AeroAstro Centennial Symposium where SpaceX’s CEO, Elon Musk, mentioned they’re building a barge in Louisiana that will serve as a water-based landing platform for their reusable rockets.
He confirmed this a month later in an intial tweet followed up by another with details:
Autonomous spaceport drone ship. Thrusters repurposed from deep sea oil rigs hold position within 3m even in a storm. pic.twitter.com/wJFOnGdt9w— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 22, 2014
Base is 300 ft by 100 ft, with wings that extend width to 170 ft. Will allow refuel & rocket flyback in future.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 22, 2014
When I heard that I was...
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