SpaceX Could Be the Next Space Station


SpaceX could be the next space station in America, as the launch of the reusable rocket Grasshooper’s launch was successful last month, WacoTrib says. SpaceX did numerous tests to provide such a launch. The CEO of the company Elon Musk hopes that in the future, rockets along with the cars will be reusable and no gas will be needed. WacoTrib states that there will be a future test in New Mexico, which is yet to be scheduled for test flights of the Falcon9R at higher altitudes. The rockets should be able to land and be reused for another launch.

The Examiner says that SpaceX plans on building ports for private and commercial launches in space. However, a lot of delays are happening in front of Elon Musk’s eyes, as government officials need to approve his work. Musk is waiting for the approval papers for environmental impact statements. The Examiner says that it could take up to five years, and Musk’s push for the next launch on April 14 may not happen.

But an opinion by an astrophysicist Katrina Magno who has worked on some NASA programs, said that NASA is cutting back on many government programs due to money. Magno adds that in the meantime, Elon Musk’s rockets Falcon9 and Dragon are exceptional for the role they are playing in the market, for history of efficiency and innovation. The design of the craft, as mentioned, is exceptional, even though the rocket is not meant to transport crew. Magno describes the rockets as being two-staged, with a 9 Merlin engine octaweb that can produce a power more a normal engine. The Falcon9 uses the pneumatic system as opposed to the traditional pyrotechnic method, which allows more control of the rocket. The rockets innovative for the fact that the second stage engines can restart themselves periodically.

The SpaceX project includes not only private workers, but NASA engineers as well, according to the PC Magazine. SpaceX are doing numerous tests for the rockets to be able to support crew. The SpaceX Falcon9, as stated on their website, is a little lengthier than a bus. The Falcon Heavy, however, has the design of the Falcon9, but it is much heavier, and more than twice as heavy than the space shuttles. The SpaceX site states that this is the most powerful rocket ever built, and the only one with more powerload was Saturn V launched in 1973. The Dragon part of the rocket is like a capsule where the spacecraft should be centered. SpaceX, according to their website, expect to have their first test launch in 2.3 years.

It is the ultimate goal for Elon Musk to return humans in space and colonize Mars. Musk sold Paypal to Ebay, spent years of time building his Tesla cars and rocket tests going penniless sometimes, and thinking that his businesses might be a failure, as he stated on the show 60 Minutes. SpaceX could be the next space station in America in the near future, where not only the government has access, but for every person who wishes to travel in space.

by Marija Makeska


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