Elon Musk is at it Again

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Elon Musk, entrepreneur most known for things such as Tesla and PayPal, might have just had his greatest achievement to date. His company, SpaceX, has just launched one of the largest rockets of all time into space at a fraction of the cost of other launches from NASA and other space programs. Watch the launch here.

The rocket launched was called the “Rocket Heavy” and what makes it so inexpensive is that it had boosters that land, ready for reuse, while in the past, boosters would simply fall off the rocket and be destroyed. 2/3 of the boosters landed successfully. Watch the boosters landing here

Boosters are the main chunk of cost for rockets so having ones that can be reused is an important step towards cheaper space travel. Elon Musk plans on using cheaper space travel to eventually colonize mars. If he is successful in colonizing mars that could cause some debate as it would be a private company doing this as appose to a government of some country doing it. Questions could arise such as, will others be able to establish colonies? Will Elon musk own all of mars? Will people on Mars be under jurisdiction of their home country or will they establish their own government?

Musk would first have to be successful with his venture for this to even matter but colonization of mars could just end up being just a vacation spot for the 1% but hopefully it will be used for something more important. We will have to wait and see what happens.

Sources:
https://www.space.com/17556-giant-nasa-rocket-space-launch-cost.html
http://time.com/money/5135565/elon-musk-falcon-heavy-rocket-launch-cost/
Elon Musk on the 3 inventions that will change the world
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-42969020
http://money.cnn.com/video/technology/2018/02/06/spacex-launches-falcon-heavy-worlds-most-powerful-rocket.cnnmoney/index.html

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4 Responses to “Elon Musk is at it Again”

  1. El Chema on February 14th, 2018 9:05 am

    Its just awesome to see how the technology is growing. the SpaceX has launched a rocket. after the apolo 11 not much company have made experiments with rockets successful like this one.

  2. Elpatron on February 16th, 2018 8:43 am

    The rocket landed successfully and it’s cool to see in the video how fast the Rocket Heavy was.
    hopefully they will have more launching rockets like this one in the future. people will enjoy the show when this type of rockets are launches to the space.

  3. NatCam on February 16th, 2018 9:09 am

    I feel like if we were ever to live on another planet, Elon Musk would definitely be the person to get us there. Everything he does everyday he innovates. He just cant do normal things, but that is a good thing his ideas and plans are so out there and they actually work. He will 100% get us to the “future”

  4. Br2 on June 1st, 2018 9:28 am

    There is an indescribable feeling when I see the rocket land back to earth with great success. We should stop doing wars and start thinking about what is really important; our future.

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