SpaceX is working on a reusable launch




SpaceX is working on a reusable launch March 14, 2013

The head of Tesla and SpaceX Elon Musk, which we spent a very interesting interview a few days ago has shed light on some of the development, which is currently engaged in SpaceX. As it turned out, the engineers puzzled building missiles that can be reused. As repeatedly pointed Musk, “disposable” missiles – a major obstacle that prevents humanity to become a space civilization. The cost of disposable rockets also inhibits the development of space tourism.

Just imagine that every time you want to drive or fly from one point to another, you would have to buy new vehicles, and take the old junk (even though it is already a wreck not pass). Similarly, many companies that are likely to be engaged in the study of space on a commercial basis, they see no return in the construction and development of disposable rocket systems exploration of other planets and asteroids, when the return trip will have to build a new rocket.

Musk said that the fuel and oxygen are virtually worthless in space travel. The cost of these two essential elements make up only 0.9% of the total cost of the missile. If SpaceX can create a reusable rocket, the “cost of space flight will drop at least a hundred times.” Musk said that the main purpose of SpaceX – lead humanity beyond the Earth and make people “multiplanetarnym species.” People do not use one-time transport, why not make the rocket more tenacious?

Recall that the CEO SpaceX plans to create a colony on Mars , which will be added to 80,000 people a year. The idea of ​​creating space agency came to him when he tried to give NASA the money to create a “greenhouse” on Mars for the development of life. Musk hoped his project would increase the federal budget NASA. A talented entrepreneur wanted to grow “green plant on a red background”, which could be a real gold vein. The project failed, but from its ashes was born SpaceX.

Now the company is very successful, since a quarter of its space launch is NASA, and the remaining three-quarters are in the development of the commercial sector for space exploration. Musk explicitly states that to date, NASA is the largest customer of the company. Now the company is also working to develop its own commercial spaceport in Texas (third for the company). To complete the work left to settle some legal nuances.

NASA has recently signed a contract with SpaceX to use Dragon ships to communicate with astronauts ISS.

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