Monday, October 10, 2011

Floating Launch Platform Odyssey

A L O H A !

Even at this distance,
that is an interesting vessel 
approaching Honolulu Harbor

Looks like a Multi-Hull

photo courtesy of wikipedia

 " L/P Odyssey 
is a self-propelled semi-submersible
mobile spacecraft launch platform  
converted from a mobile drilling rig in 1997.

The vessel is currently used for
equatorial Pacific Ocean launches. 

In her current form, Odyssey is 436 feet (133 m) long
and about 220 feet (67 m) wide,
with an empty draft displacement of 30,000 short tons (27,000 t), and a submerged draft displacement of 50,600 short tons (45,900 t). 

The vessel has accommodations for 68 crew 
and launch system personnel, including living, dining, medical and recreation facilities.

A large, environmentally-controlled hangar
stores the rocket during transit
and then rolls it out and erects it 
prior to fueling and launch. "

Interesting visitor!
Photo by Cindy Ellen Russell/
Here you can see how it dwarfs
Honolulu's Aloha tower
@ pier 10

She departed for Southeast Asia
on Friday.

Thank YOU
for 'docking' here a while.
                                       comment?  warmly, cloudia