SpaceX CEO Elon Musk revealed last year that the company would one day develop "floating space ports" to launch spacecraft to the moon and Mars, and it seems that the time has finally come to reach this goal.
According to the British Daily Mail, the company’s website has announced a vacancy for a marine operations engineer who will “work as part of a team of engineers and technicians to design and build a floating operating facility to launch spacecraft.”
It was not clear when the job was announced for a vacant marine operations engineer at the company, but Elon Musk confirmed the truth of the announcement late Tuesday afternoon.
The engineering work will focus on spaceport development in Brownsville, Texas, near the SpaceX testing site in Boca Chia, according to the Futuresme website.
Musk confirmed in a tweet on his personal account on Twitter that the company searched for those vacancies by saying: "SpaceX builds super-floating space ports to launch vehicles to Mars and the moon and to travel at supersonic speeds around the earth."
Floating space ports will be used to launch missiles carrying Starship spacecraft to the moon and Mars.
The American billionaire had announced for the first time his plans to build floating space ports last year, noting that those ports should be about 32 km from land and be accessed through underwater tunnels - which will be worked on by the Boring Company tunneling company that Musk owns it.
"Most of the space ports are likely to be constructed some 32 km from land, to ensure acceptable levels of noise," Musk wrote on Twitter on 2019.
Musk stressed that this matter will be appropriate for frequent daily flights, as it is also for flights that will start from one point to another from the ground.
Musk pointed out on his Twitter account: "The spaceport will be fully reusable every few hours, and the Starship spacecraft will be re-circled every 8 hours. No boats are needed."
After SpaceX succeeded in launching the Falcon 9 missile that sent NASA astronauts to the International Space Station last month, the company’s CEO announced that the Starship spacecraft will be of the highest priority.
A week after her first historic mission to the International Space Station, Musk sent an email to company employees urging SpaceX employees to accelerate work on the Starship spacecraft dramatically and immediately.
SpaceX plans to send a manned Starship spacecraft to Mars, but it has not specified a timeline for its first missions to the Red Planet.
The SpaceX founder expects to complete work on the first space base to launch manned flights into Mars in 2028.