Feature: Space X

SpaceX is designing, manufacturing and launching advanced rockets and space crafts. It was founded in 2002 by Elon Musk, the CEO and lead designer of SpaceX. He is also the co-founder, CEO, and product designer of the global car brand Tesla who, on the 1st of July 2003, took the world by storm with its mission to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy, rolling out from its home in San Carlos, California, United States. The SpaceX Program lies very close to home with its headquarters located in the Los Angeles suburb of Hawthorne, California.

The SpaceX program aims to provide commercial travel to space allowing passengers to orbit planet Earth. It believes in the use of reusability with the creation of the world’s first reusable Rocket known as the Falcon 9. It’s believed to be the pivotal breakthrough needed to substantially reduce the cost of space access as the majority of launch cost comes from the construction of the rocket which with conventional rockets only flies once however, In the Falcon 9s case its revolutionary design prevents it from burning up on re-entry, and its revolutionary technology allows it to successfully land on Earth and fly again.

The SpaceX programs newest advancement is their new Dragon Capsule. The Dragon is a free flying space craft designed to transport both cargo and people to space stations in the orbit of Earth. The commercial crew program launched on March 2nd 2019 at 2:49 a.m. ET. The dragon capsule docked with the International Space Station at 6:02 a.m. ET on March 3rd 2019 becoming the 1st American space craft to autonomously dock with the I.S.S. The capsule is capable of 7 occupants in and out of the planets orbit, and further. The capsule has a pressurised area in which people and environmentally sensitive cargo can be held. The trunk of the dragon is capable of carrying unpressurised cargo and supports the craft when ascending however it detaches before passing through the Earth’s atmosphere.

To me the idea of commercial space travel is incredible, the thought to travel the cosmos even if limited is an advance in technology that no one could ignore as this would mean an expansion to the stars and planets. The SpaceX program expands our horizons as a species and allows us a chance to explore new worlds, which is something I have dreamed of for an age. To me, space travel is the key to a brighter future as it allows us space to grow.

During an interview with Mr Broad and Mr La Borde my belief was agreed with. They think that it’s “really good” and that it “boosts technology”, they think that space travel would “definitely be for the better” as it has become a “necessity and we are running out of resources to, space travel is the way forward for the human race” and we need to be worried about what we’ve left in space already for fear of collisions with manned craft, they believe reusable rockets are a viable solution.

Overall I believe that the SpaceX program is the first step in a better future as it shows a safe way to travel the stars even if not very far, for now.