Offshore Spaceports

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Providing Guidance and Regulatory Support for Offshore Space Support. Connect with our team today to learn more about how we are merging offshore technology with space exploration.

Offshore Space Support


ABS Services:

ABS is supporting the growing offshore space industry through a combination of innovative projects with leading space operators that help reduce risk and safely manage assets. Our space support services include:

Third Party Inspection and Assurance Services:

  • Classification of Marine and Offshore Spaceports and Space Support Vessels
  • Classification of Autonomous and Remote-Control Systems
  • Safety Management System Audits

Design Review and Validation:

  • Design Review in accordance with U.S. Coast Guard Requirements and Code of Federal Regulations (CFRs)
  • Design Review in accordance with Class requirements for Spaceports and  Autonomous / Remote Control Functions
  • Qualification of New Technologies (NTQ) in accordance with established Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs)
  • Approvals in Principle (AIP)

Regulatory Advisory Services:

  • USCG Regulatory Advising for Design Basis Agreements
  • Regulatory Gap Analysis
  • Marine and Offshore Asset Reactivation Consulting

Risk Management and Engineering Consulting:

  • HazMat Consulting (Hydrogen, LOX Methane)
  • Downrange Safety Studies
  • Explosion and Blast Safety Analysis
  • Risk Assessment Services
  • Threat Vulnerability Assessment Consulting (Cyber / Infrastructure / Counter-terrorism) 


Leading Guidance:


Recognizing the continued increase in global demand for safer offshore spacecraft support, the ABS Requirements for Building and Classing Offshore Spaceports provides the first international requirements for the design and construction of marine and offshore assets that conduct spacecraft launch or recovery.

This new publication provides clear support for organizations that are engaging with regulatory agencies to reactivate assets such as offshore support vessels, barges and liftboats to support safer space flight.

Project Experience:

ABS and SpaceX:
ABS signed a JDP with SpaceX to review the remotely controlled functions of autonomous rocket recovery droneships used for booster rocket recovery at sea. Under the JDP, ABS will review the design of one of SpaceX’s three droneships for compliance with the ABS Guide for Autonomous and Remote Control Functions.


ABS and Space Perspective:
ABS is supporting the reactivation and modification of the offshore support vessel MS Voyager that will function as the world’s first marine spaceport for human spaceflight operated by Space Perspective.


ABS and The Spaceport Company:
ABS provided regulatory advisory services for a rocket launch and recovery liftboat operated by The Spaceport Company to ensure the vessel meets regulatory compliance for safe operation in US waters.


ABS and Relativity:
ABS and Relativity are collaborating on regulatory aspects for marine and offshore operations.