Just been looking at this on Twitter
SpaceX showing NASA how it should be done
3.5 million bucks for a 10 year old DP2 rig, absolutely mental. Probably a similar amount to the scrap value but without the hassle. Cant imagine half the gear on one of those being of any use to the space race. Decent accommodation for 150 odd people and able to hold station on a postage stamp like probably be a canny job for an ex rig pig.On a related note:
SpaceX acquires former oil rigs to serve as floating Starship spaceports - NASASpaceFlight.com
Excellent idea imo. These rigs will have good existing infrastructure and can be repurposed for this application.
FAA approval for flight today
looks like they are going for it. No ETA though, it could be 20 mins or it could be 4 hours time. The fuel tanks on the ground are venting which is where fuel it put before loading onto the vehicle, it means they are full. Fuel is then loaded on and that starts venting when it's taking on fuel. The stream says that has started but I can't see it.
Propellant loading at the moment after that is engine chill which I think I heard one guy say when engine chill starts we are 11 minutes from launchcant wait for this like, but have a poor signal, anybody have like a live text update of the launch? In case i cant get on you tube