Jack Bonner is a fan of all things related to space and space exploration. He has visited Cape Canaveral several times and each time went home with a deeper understanding of space travel. Today, Jack Bonner writes about the successful relaunch and landing of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket, an event that is likely to have a major impact on the way space travel is being planned and done.
The entrepreneur extraordinaire-Elon Musk-has pulled a hat trick that will potential fuel a significant in space exploration and travel.
Our big hurdles to further space exploration are just two ones-technology and cost. Bother may about equal significance in chance of significantly our manned robot exploration of space.
Space X is taking a great run at beginning to help with these hurdles-great news for the planet!
Growing up as a kid with a great fascination with spaces and rockets, I knew that space rockets were not meant to be reusable. The first stage contains engines and propellant, while the top stage contains the payload. Because the first stage weighs a lot, it must be discarded to help the top stage get to its destination, and so forth. More often than not, discarded rocket parts go straight into the ocean, which is sadly like buying a brand-new plane, flying it across the sea, and discarding it once it lands.
However, Elon Musk’s Space X has succeeded in relaunching a used rocket, named Falcon 9. And SpaceX’s achievement has some pretty far-reaching effects on the space industry.
For instance, there are the obvious cost savings. The design and construction of new rockets to be used only once takes billions of dollars, and a reusable rocket will help governments and private clients, such as telecommunications companies, save a lot of money on construction costs. If Elon Musk’s timeline goes according to plan, tomorrow’s rockets could be used between 20 to 30 times, opening up the field to different industry players.
Falcon 9’s proprietary vertical landing capabilities, which had been in testing for the past few years, can also help ferry goods to and from planets like Mars, where the atmosphere is too thin for parachutes. Multiple rockets serving Mars should help humans visit the Red Planet, if not establish a viable colony, in a matter of years.
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