A comparison of multiple SpaceX rockets.
Since the maiden flight of the Falcon 1 on September 28th 2008, it is hard to deny that Elon Musk’s most ambitious company “SpaceX” has made tremendous progress in it’s space travel capabilities. But what does the future hold for this technologically advanced, privately owned, space company?
On the 6th February 2018 Falcon Heavy successfully took off from Cape Canaveral. The impressive aircraft totalling in at just 230ft may seem a little small but it’s power is not to be underestimated. It generated over 5 million pounds of thrust on takeoff. Which makes it the most powerful rocket currently in use.
After the success of the Falcon Heavy launch, Elon looked onward to make an even more powerful rocket the BFR (Big Falcon Rocket). Although the BFR has just recently been renamed to “Starship”, it will definitely take time for BFR to fade away due to it’s publicity over the past 6 months.
Last month SpaceX released the name of the first person to take a commercial flight around the moon, Yusaku Maezawa is a Japanese billionaire who purchased the flight for an estimated $70-90 million. If Yusaku is successful in his voyage it will make him the first commercial space passenger aboard the Starship.
SpaceX has also begun construction of their own spaceport in South Texas. The site in Texas will be used to test the new Starship spacecraft and eventually see it launch fully in its own maiden voyage.
Overall we can see that SpaceX and the BFR (now Starship) have all developed radically and are continuing to do so. Since 2002 when SpaceX was founded and had the goal of reducing space transportation costs and enabling the colonisation of Mars they have made some clear cut progress, taking a lot of people by surprise. Especially the landing of the orbital boosters during the Falcon Heavy launch.
As indicated many times Elon hopes that SpaceX will provide interplanetary and lunar based missions within the next decade, but time estimates like this are always changing due to costs and setbacks. But with competition high between NASA, Mars One and SpaceX, it will be interesting to see who makes the first big step.