The human cosmos journey is about to repeat, following an announcement of SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk to send humans in order to help national space agencies in its explorations.
Musk on Monday revealed what it means in relation to humanity’s journey into the cosmos.
For a long time, rocket science has been an expensive, uneasy field but in recent years a number of commercial spaceflight companies have stepped up to the plate in order to help national space agencies extend their reach into the final frontier.
Technology companies such as Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin have accelerated the development of reusable rockets exponentially.
In line with the plan, Bezo and Musk have dramatically reduced the cost of leaving our pale blue dot, improving both our ability to explore the cosmos and scientists’ capacity to conduct research beyond Earth.
It can be remembered, in 2012, SpaceX became the first private space company to deliver cargo to the International Space Station (ISS). Previously, this monumental feat was something that had only been achieved by world governments.
As of press time, Musk-led company is working on the Crew Dragon, a next-generation spacecraft that is designed to ferry humans to the ISS.
According to some report, SpaceX even plans to land on Mars, and if Musk has anything to say about it, humans will be on the Red Planet—possibly living there for good—in the next decade or so.
SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell said re-usability could lower the cost of rocket launches by a staggering 30 percent.
“A fully reusable vehicle is the fundamental breakthrough needed to revolutionize access to space,” she said.
“A fully reusable vehicle has never been done before. That really is the fundamental breakthrough needed to revolutionize access to space. If one can figure out how to effectively reuse rockets just like airplanes, the cost of access to space will be reduced by as much as a factor of a hundred,” Musk asserted over the economical viability of the space industry.
“I believe this is a new Golden Age of space exploration. The first Golden Age was the ’60s. We have been treading water for a long time. We are on the verge of a new Golden Age in rocketry. I believe one day all rockets will have landing gear,” Bezo said.
The space company said in a statement that the two individuals have “already paid a significant deposit” to do a Moon mission. Initial training, along with health and fitness tests, are set to occur later this year, SpaceX continued.