Beginning Of SpaceX
SpaceX was founded in 2002, by Elon Musk shortly after selling Paypal. After he sold Paypal, he began to question if he had contributed towards creating a better society. After these thoughts, Musk reverted back to his childhood fantasies and began to think about space travel and other sci-fi fantasies he had read about as a child. This lead Musk to join a society called the Mars Society where he began to form relationships and develop ideas for his future company. The society had planned to send mice into orbit where they would experience the same gravitational forces as if the mice were on Mars. This made Elon think more about it and he came up with rough plans to send mice not only into orbit, yet all the way to Mars. His plan lead him to develop a skilled team and set up his own organization called the Life of Mars Foundation. His plan slowly changed and deviated from the plan to send mice to Mars. He still planned to aim for Mars yet the ultimate plan was still undecided. Elon decided to take a trip to Russia in hopes to attain three missiles/rockets for about 20 million dollars total. When the Russians wanted 8 million each for the ICBM missiles, Elon was infuriated. What happened next was the pinnacle of SpaceX being founded. Elon and his crew began the plane ride home when Elon turned to his colleagues and showed them his ingenious plan. He had been reading and studying the aerospace industry and the physics behind it for months now and had practically taught himself rocket science. He developed a laid out spreadsheet containing all of the costs to build and launch a rocket. According to his calculations he had lowered the costs to build rockets by an impressive amount.
The Impact of SpaceX
SpaceX has become one of the, if not the only, successful private startup in the aerospace industry in the U.S. SpaceX has redefined space travel and given new life to the quest to discover and inhabit another planet. Prior to the birth of SpaceX, the aerospace industry had become quite stagnant and the technology remained relatively the same for years on years. Elon brought competition to the industry and has continued to amaze the world with what SpaceX can do. Elon's ultimate goal for SpaceX is to reach Mars, however, on the way to this goal, SpaceX has astonished the aerospace industry with countless breakthrough innovations that bring humanity closer and closer to Mars. SpaceX has proven that they can launch a rocket into space and back being able to land the rocket right side up, creating a reusable rocket. They have been successful with the process in test trials, however, the technology is not perfected enough yet to test with passengers. This is an incredible step towards creating completely reusable rockets which will bring the costs of launching rockets down tremendously. SpaceX is ultimately working to create the first customer friendly space experience, while striving to make the human race a multi-planetary species.
SpaceX Current Rocket Line Up
The Falcon 9
- The Falcon 9 is equipped with 9 merlin engines that are capable of delivering a payload of 22,800 Kg to LEO.
- The Ultimate goal is to have fully reusable rockets in the near future, meaning that the first and second stages will be able to land back on earth.
- Falcon 9 made history in 2012 when it became the dragon to the space station successfully, making SpaceX the first private company to do so.
- The Falcon Heavy is made of 3 Falcon 9 engine cores which is 27 merlin engines.
- These 27 merlin engines are capable of bringing a payload of 54,400 Kg to LEO.