SpaceX Preparing to Build Floating Superheavy-Class Spaceports

SpaceX are preparing to construct floating superheavy-class spaceports to launch Starship rockets.
Image credit: SpaceX

SpaceX has begun advertising for an “Offshore Operations Engineer” as the company prepares to begin construction of “floating superheavy-class spaceports”. The spaceports will be utilized for launch and recovery operations for the company’s next-generation Starship rocket.

A vacancy for an Offshore Operations Engineer that had been posted recently was spotted by eagle-eyed SpaceX fans. When a Twitter user shared the description of the vacancy on Twitter, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk revealed that the position was created in aid of the construction of “floating superheavy-class spaceports”.

“SpaceX is building floating superheavy-class spaceports for Mars, moon & hypersonic travel around Earth,” tweeted Musk.

The requirements for candidates applying for the Offshore Operations Engineer position reveal a company ready to rapidly forge ahead with the development of Starship.

In addition to the expected mechanical, aerospace, or marine engineering Bachelor’s degree, previous experience, and software proficiencies, the job description list “must be willing to work significant overtime” as an additional requirement. This is not surprising as the company hopes to build out its offshore spaceport facilities in preparation for flights in the coming years.

As has become standard from a Musk Twitter announcement, the mercurial CEO stuck around to answer a few questions following his Tweet. While answering, Musk revealed that the first Earth to Earth Starship tests “might be in 2 or 3 years.” Additionally, in answering another question, he revealed that the floating spaceports would likely be several kilometers offshore as to “not bother heavily populated areas.”

Andrew Parsonson is a space enthusiast and the founder of Rocket Rundown. He has worked as a journalist and blogger for various industries for over 5 years and has a passion for both fictional and real-life space travel. Currently, Andrew is the primary writer for Rocket Rundown as we look to expand our reach and credibility.