Brazil is taking its relationship with Elon Musk’s SpaceX to new heights. New images published this weekend by Brazil’s Globo TV show several ships that have been put in the water. The vessels are running along the coastline from the city of Bribri, 1,400 miles north of Rio de Janeiro to the coast of Isla Verde, a roughly 200 mile stretch at the end of the island of Espirito Santo.
As Tech Crunch reports, the initiative is part of an agreement with SpaceX for the U.S. aerospace company to help develop an ocean-based landing pad for a privately owned drone called “Atlas.” Atlas is designed to drop off packages from the International Space Station (ISS). Brazilian and American officials will also work together to push forward the massive Lagoa Zero project, which is a huge industrial site that will feature a new port and hundreds of hectares of other development.
Brazilian officials announced last week that SpaceX and Amazon had signed a “pilot contract” to put a pair of drones in space that will deliver “huge amounts of data” to the Lagoa Zero.
Following the agreement, Amazon proposed ways that Amazon’s drones could be deployed along the highways where the ships are floating. According to a tweet from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Brazil’s infrastructure minister Cláudio Fernandes responded that he was in the process of making sure that the Amazon drones could make “the journey.”
Our best readers can try running away from the drones, I’m in the process of checking with the best operators to ensure that this possibility exists. https://t.co/PcmJ7d0WTJ — Cláudio Fernandes (@ccherrines) April 13, 2019
In a separate tweet, Bezos added, “No man has ever climbed Everest with a soccer ball in his backpack, but Brazil, you’re doing it.”
No man has ever climbed Everest with a soccer ball in his backpack, but Brazil, you’re doing it. https://t.co/D2VeCvwYry — Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) April 13, 2019
In an article published last year, Quartz detailed how Musk’s SpaceX had already been training troops for building spacecrafts and had brought in a private company, Tugboat Builders, that specializes in building everything from tugboats to Amazon drones.
For those with a commercial problem in Porto Alegre, no – @SpaceX is with you – just this week, an Arapnito official, Yanes Nunez, brought in two flagships of Tugboat Builders to help with our submarine, repairing it, so it could load and unload cargo. https://t.co/FIP6pyc8aZ — Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) April 12, 2019
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