SpaceX Wants to Build Floating Spaceports

SpaceX is starting to take action on plans to build floating launchpads for travel to the moon, Mars, and around Earth.

Musk tweeted earlier this week about the company’s spaceport plans and a corresponding job posting for offshore operations engineers. The offshore platforms would serve primarily to launch the company’s massive Starship rockets, which are being built and tested in Brownsville, a small city in southern Texas near the border with Mexico. The first three Starship prototypes were destroyed during testing, and most recently, the fourth prototype exploded during an engine test late last month.

So why the need to launch from a platform floating on water instead of using good old solid land?

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