Following the successful launch of the Dragon capsule propelled by the Falcon 9 rocket on May 30th, we would like to develop a comprehensive French-language section on SpaceX on Tesla Magazine. Elon Musk and SpaceX announce via Twitter spectacular projects and acquisitions that highlight innovation at SpaceX. Latest: the acquisition of a robot dog from Boston Dynamics, Zeus.
In this article we will try to answer this question: why SpaceX imposes a new order in the conquest of space?
SpaceX : from now on the dream of commercial flights becomes a reality
With this successful launch, SpaceX validates the upcoming opportunity to participate in space flights for the most fortunate among us. This is a new opportunity that many companies like Virgin Galactic have also wanted to offer for several years.
SpaceX is working with operators who will offer seats on SpaceX rockets for sale. Indeed, Elon Musk has announced that he is working with Space Aventures to offer mission-specific seats on Crew Dragon capsules that can be booked online just like we can book a plane ticket. Tom Cruise would already be in the running to be one of the first to take a seat on board. Elon Musk and SpaceX now give millions of people the right to dream of space travel.
R&D: SpaceX is a company that dazzles with innovation
The company created in 2002 shows a spectacular technological advance on all companies by going as far as redefining astronauts’ equipment. Carried away by his science-fiction universe, Elon Musk assumes the fact of dreaming life-size with SpaceX. One of the main arguments of Elon Musk when he was pitching the idea of SpaceX was the firm intention to reduce the costs of rocket launches, which he knew he could drastically reduce in order to impose himself on the market.
This is why reusable launchers are the innovation that best materializes his desire to achieve low cost flights, it is also the most spectacular and intelligible innovation for the general public. Indeed, the very idea of reusing launchers rather than seeing them explode in the sky after launch, as was the case before the arrival of SpaceX, is necessarily a strategic turning point for the world.
Lately, SpaceX has announced equipment that also shows a considerable advance: indeed, SpaceX has been keen to equip itself with the best techniques to make this principle viable. Thus the company has invested in autonomous barges that make it possible to recover launchers.
and in drones, which once the launcher is returned, allow it to be better secured to the barge to prevent it from being destabilised. And within its barges, a robot named “octograbber” is in charge of securing the booster after landing (The video above presents things very well).
Very recently, the company announced that it has acquired a robot dog, Zeus, from Boston Dynamics, whose mission will be to inspect the prototypes during testing so that no risks are taken during the R&D process. This robot costs an average of $100,000, which tells you how much care SpaceX takes to stay at the forefront.
SpaceX: space becomes a challenge for the world
SpaceX has redefined the blocks and the global geopolitics of space. Previously concentrated around the European, American, Russian and Chinese poles. SpaceX arrives with an innovative and open offer to the highest bidder to operate manned flights with the same quality of service. We might as well tell you that the order book is full. If you want to know the next missions of SpaceX, you can consult the SpaceX Wikipedia page which is very exhaustive on the subject.
Focus on special projects operated by SpaceX
SpaceX is also redefining the contours of the conquest of space. Still as a private company, SpaceX is developing proprietary satellite programmes that have their own business model and will become services of this extraordinary company. Given the nature of the US firm’s work, confidentiality remains the norm and it will be up to Elon Musk and SpaceX to communicate in due course. Among these special projects, we can note.
Starlink: a satellite constellation to become a service provider
Offering an ultra-fast internet is one of the missions of this satellite network. In 2020, the official SpaceX website announces that Canadians and Americans will be able to take advantage of the service and then deploy it to the rest of the world in 2021. Typically, the company constitutes with Starlink a financial windfall capable of financing the conquest of Mars.
SpaceX also offers the moon to the highest bidder.
In fact, the company and Elon Musk have a limited network of billionaires who wish to offer themselves the moon as the ultimate achievement of a lifetime of material success. Among them, Yusaku Maezawa, the billionaire who founded Zozotown, the founder of Japan’s leading online sales site, would be the first to travel to the moon as early as 2023. Tom Cruise would also be in the running.
SpaceX goes to Mars for colonization
Elon Musk has a habit of communicating his plans and then referring to them throughout the deployment of projects and this reassures investors when it comes to the conquest of space. It was in 2017, at the 68th International Astronautical Congress in Australia that Elon Musk unveiled his ambitious project to conquer space, a 5-year plan that included the following milestones.
On this subject, dates should not be considered fixed. Designing an ITS (Interplanetary transport System) or Starship, as its name suggests, is designed to allow interplanetary flights to the planet Mars. SpaceX gives the world a view of the tests carried out to validate the viability of such a system.
With this system, Elon Musk intends to multiply by 5 the power of the launchers designed during the history of the conquest of space. The key to this conquest is the mastery of reusable rocket components. Thus, costs will be drastically reduced and it will be possible to make several trips to Mars with 100 people on board each time.