I read just yesterday that Sea Launch has been sold. Then I get an email last night that this post from August 2014 inspired the purchase that solidified when SpaceX was able to recover on land the first try after banging the barge repeatedly. I wonder how much modification will be required to use the Falcon9 from the ocean platform.
Repost from 27 August 2014
Sea Launch has the sea going craft to launch large rockets at sea. They are also, according to rumors, not making quite as much money as the investors would prefer. It seems possible that they might be at least semi-motivated to sell off the under performing launch assets.
What if the real intention of SpaceX is to acquire those assets at bargain prices for use in house. Launch a few hundred miles at sea fromÂ Vandenburg for a feet dry landing there, with the actual launch location dictated by the desired launch azimuth. The first stage would never have an IIP intersecting property on land, while the second stage would have an IIP that moved fast enough to minimize theoretical injury and property damage probabilities. A day out to launch and a day back. Twice a week seems possible.
From Brownsville the trip would be even shorter. A quick run to a point that gave the right launch Â azimuth and distance from the cape for a Falcon recovery there. Possibly a day trip with the launch frequency that implies if the business develops.