By Travis Ostby
The word ‘space’ creates images of the planets, stars, and even the objects non-existent or undiscovered. The vast amount of research and development put into space missions encounter limited materials and limited human-resources. However, the technological age arrives and with it brings new opportunities of exploration and resupply by means of reusable spacecraft.
According to the company website, SpaceX manufactures and launches rockets and spacecraft. The privately owned California based company, founded in 2002, conducts experimental research on their rockets and spacecraft. And with their space-related experiments, comes interest by NASA.
In 2008, SpaceX received a 1.6 billion dollar contract from NASA to send its spacecraft and rockets to the International Space Station in the form of 12 future resupply missions. In addition to the planned resupply missions, ambitions of sending crews onto the rockets and spacecraft deployed captures most of the attention of SpaceX.
The development of the company’s Falcon 9 rocket, and the Dragon spacecraft puts man closer to being back in space, a feat that hasn’t happened since the retirement of the space shuttle back in 2011. Constant research and development brings back the nostalgia and patriotism as seen in 1961 with the beginning of the Apollo program.
With new technological advancements put into the designs and ideas of the flagship models of SpaceX, the construction of their next model of rocket: the Falcon Heavy receives heavy support. This new model, stated to be the most powerful rocket, generating nearly 4 million pounds of thrust, accelerates the rocket into the future of payload delivery, at a cost of 85 million dollars.
The future of space and its endless possibilities for exploration includes one more media for delivering humans into the vast fields of stars and planets by means of the research and design by SpaceX.