While the spotlight shines on glamorous, exotic semisubmersible and drillship advances, lurking in the shadows are interesting developments in the lowly land rig. For example: Rocket Rig’s flair The wordplay is irresistible, but the rig’s name is a good reflection of how fast it can rig up and down. The rig was designed by Theodore C. Vora of Veristic Technologies Inc. He claims that “the idea of Rocket Rig design came from anchoring four principals: simplicity, efficiency, safety and [cost-effectiveness].” According to Vora, the Rocket Rig is different from conventional...

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