Just as its founder, SpaceX revealed some new, big plans in terms of space travel. According to a recent statement, the company is reportedly planning on launching a rocket every 2 or 3 weeks.
Space Exploration Technologies Corporation or as it is most commonly known, SpaceX, has big plans. It is a space transport service and also aerospace manufacturer company. Founded back in 2002 by Elon Musk, the company has a clear purpose.
It is looking to create new space technologies. These should help reduce transportation costs. And at the same time, it is trying to enable space travel and colonization. Its first target? A Martian colony.
But all these are well-known facts. Nonetheless, SpaceX revealed some new plans. If proven efficient, they may be a step forward towards the company goals.
The news was revealed by the company president. On Monday, Gwynne Shotwell was reported as announcing the following. SpaceX is planning on following an ambitious launching schedule.
Although it just recently resumed launches, the company is looking to increase their frequency. And it may be helped in the plan by its newest launch pad.
This will be set up in Florida. Reports state that it could be installed as soon as next week. SpaceX’s old launch pad is also based in Florida.
The company used to utilize the Cape Canaveral Space Station. However, all launches from this pad were halted in September 2016. At the time, one of the company rockets exploded during a preflight test. This is also the reason behind the temporary grounding of its rockets.
SpaceX resumed its space launches earlier this year. After the successful launch, rumors started emerging about a new company plan. Which actually turned out to be true.
Rumors vehiculated that SpaceX was planning on re-using a Falcon 9 rocket. And the space company confirmed the rumor. In March, they will be trying to relaunch an already used such rocket.
And at the same time, put a stop to all the doubts. Some expressed concerns about the plan’s feasibility. And others about its efficiency. Nonetheless, these questions should find an answer in March.
Still, SpaceX raised a new set of questions. These emerged as the company president announced the newest launch schedule.
Some question their decision to start launching rockets every 2 or 3 weeks. By testing a rocket so often, the total number will rise to a minimum 17 tests per year.
Nonetheless, an official declaration was posted on the company website. And it is quite clear on both these subjects. SpaceX considers that a reusable rocket could as a substantial reduction of the space travel costs. A rapidly and fully reusable such option could come as a breakthrough.
And SpaceX was already on a path towards more than one launch a month. Reportedly, this was impeded upon by the September explosion. Even so, the space travel company has a backlog of over 70 missions. Which had a gathered worth of over $10 billion.
For the moment, SpaceX released no additional statements. Most likely, it will wait until its March launch to answer any questions or criticism that may arise. Next month, they will be carrying out the first ever relaunch of a used rocket.
The Falcon 9’s first-stage booster will be a recycled piece. Falcon 9, as a whole, will be reportedly carrying an SES company telecommunications satellite.
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