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Re: Deimos and Phobos - offshore Starship launch platforms
« Reply #881 on: 03/09/2022 08:42 pm »
Phobos and Deimos together at last in the Pascagoula shipyard..

https://twitter.com/SpaceOffshore/status/1501658455484112900


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Re: Deimos and Phobos - offshore Starship launch platforms
« Reply #885 on: 06/02/2022 10:41 pm »
https://twitter.com/nasaspaceflight/status/1532447400396300289

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While SpaceX's twin former oil rigs, Phobos and Deimos, have received little public attention lately, they are located at the Port of Pascagoula, where their conversion into Starship launch platforms is still in an early stage.

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Re: Deimos and Phobos - offshore Starship launch platforms
« Reply #886 on: 06/03/2022 08:49 am »
One thing to watch out for would be the drawworks being removed from Deimos for the LC-39A tower.

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Re: Deimos and Phobos - offshore Starship launch platforms
« Reply #887 on: 06/05/2022 03:41 pm »
My money is on the bet that the drawworks has long since been removed and is going through it's refurbishment back at the factory.

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Re: Deimos and Phobos - offshore Starship launch platforms
« Reply #888 on: 06/13/2022 07:06 pm »
Interesting part in the Final PEA. In talking about launch locations for Starship/Super Heavy besides at Boca Chica, the mention the possibility of using offshore platforms, but that they would be attached to the Outer Continental Shelf.
Quote from: page 42(51) of Final PEA
In the future, SpaceX may need to further increase the launch capacity, provide more diversity or redundancy of Starship/Super Heavy launch sites, and/or accommodate new trajectories and therefore evaluate additional launch facilities in addition to the Boca Chica Launch Site. This may include launching the Starship/Super Heavy launch vehicle from an additional launch facility at KSC or an offshore facility constructed, attached, and fixed to the Outer Continental Shelf(OCS) in the Gulf of Mexico. At this time, an offshore fixed platform capable of supporting Starship/Super Heavy launch/landing operations is not available. Any future OCS project or additional launch site would have independent utility and be analyzed in a separate NEPA document.

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Re: Deimos and Phobos - offshore Starship launch platforms
« Reply #889 on: 06/26/2022 10:07 am »
SpaceX  seaborne platforms update: Phobos with minimal dismantling except hoists are removed and on pier. Deimos upper works gone and moon pool for drilling operations exposed. Deck clearing continues with several habitat boxes on pier.

https://twitter.com/Michael10711597/status/1540853312508919809

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Re: Deimos and Phobos - offshore Starship launch platforms
« Reply #890 on: 08/02/2022 03:25 pm »
Sentinel-2 imagery from last month shows that SpaceX has moved offshore platform Deimos from the south to the north side of Phobos.

Could this be a sign of work picking up soon?

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Re: Deimos and Phobos - offshore Starship launch platforms
« Reply #891 on: 10/24/2022 05:33 pm »
https://twitter.com/gobamarolltide/status/1584596337626341377

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The @SpaceX platforms of #Phobos & #Deimos seem devoid of life these days.  Not much happening!  I look forward to when it starts ramping up again! @elonmusk

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Re: Deimos and Phobos - offshore Starship launch platforms
« Reply #892 on: 01/18/2023 03:10 pm »
There are various statements floating around that SpaceX has given up on Phobos and Deimos and both have already been sold, possibly for scrap. Can anyone confirm?

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Re: Deimos and Phobos - offshore Starship launch platforms
« Reply #893 on: 01/26/2023 02:47 am »
There are various statements floating around that SpaceX has given up on Phobos and Deimos and both have already been sold, possibly for scrap. Can anyone confirm?

That's the first I've heard of it, I would be surprised if that's the case since offshore launch sites are definitely going to be necessary to achieve the kind of launch and landing rate SpaceX is aiming for, I suppose it's possible that SpaceX has decided that converting these platforms isn't worth it compared to a custom built solution but I don't know.

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Re: Deimos and Phobos - offshore Starship launch platforms
« Reply #894 on: 02/13/2023 10:10 pm »
Possible update on Deimos and Phobos.

They are scheduled to leave Port of Pascagoula.

Deimos: 02/20/2023 @0830
Phobos: 03/12/2023 @0830

Source https://portofpascagoula.com/Daily.pdf

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Re: Deimos and Phobos - offshore Starship launch platforms
« Reply #895 on: 02/13/2023 11:39 pm »
Likely going out for scrapping given this. Chop chop chop

https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/1625292261830414337

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Re: Deimos and Phobos - offshore Starship launch platforms
« Reply #897 on: 02/14/2023 04:50 pm »
 The main winch from one of the rigs is the main winch for the BC launch tower now. I wonder if the other one might be headed for Florida.
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Re: Deimos and Phobos - offshore Starship launch platforms
« Reply #898 on: 02/14/2023 04:52 pm »
I was wondering about that too - any recent enough pics to show if it had been removed?

Or, maybe it wasn't in a suitable state for re-use.....
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Re: Deimos and Phobos - offshore Starship launch platforms
« Reply #899 on: 02/14/2023 05:10 pm »
Looks like the refurbished drawworks from Deimos was spotted at Roberts Road during a September 2022 flyover.

https://twitter.com/CSI_Starbase/status/1572605970014171137
« Last Edit: 02/14/2023 05:10 pm by Aaron_Space »

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