The colonization of space was once reserved to science fiction but today it’s the ethos of Elon Musk’s SpaceX.
Extend Life Beyond Earth
The SpaceX mission is clear: make civilization multi-planetary.
Speaking at a press conference for SpaceX’s first private passenger project, Musk stated that there’s a window of opportunity for space travel right now. This window may end up lasting for a long time but that shouldn’t be taken for granted.
He believes we need to start planning for the future as quickly as we can and be ready for the potentiality of Earth being destroyed by man-made or natural causes.
The solution is not “another Earth”. What SpaceX is trying to create is a multi-planetary civilization that lives in between Earth, the Moon, Mars, Venus, the Moons of Jupiter and one day, beyond our solar system to other star systems.
In these nihilistic times, Musk believes that Space can make us excited about the future again.
Fly Me to the Moon
On September 27, SpaceX announced that it would be sending the first private customer (billionaire Yusaku Maezawa) on a space tour around the Moon aboard its future massive Big Falcon Rocket.
This is quite the development for a company that had three failed attempts at reaching orbit until finally achieving its goal in 2008 with the Falcon 1 rocket.
Fast forward to today, they have gone from barely making orbit to having the most powerful rocket (twice as powerful as the competition according to Musk) with it’s Falcon Heavy model. Furthermore, these new rockets have fully reusable boost engines.
The priorities right now are launching more satellites into space, transporting cargo to the international space station and it’s upcoming NASA crew mission. Like it’s competitor Boeing, SpaceX has been selected as a spacecraft manufacturer that will send Americans back to the Moon (and one day Mars) from American soil. This mission will take place in 2019.
From then on, SpaceX will completely refocus its resources and engineering towards Big Falcon Rocket development. Space Tourism for all is just around the corner.
To quote Asimov, “The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom”. Hopefully, the window of opportunity Musk mentioned will be long enough to see all of these plans come to life.
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