Tagged: SpaceX

Elon Musk plans to send humans to Mars at their own risk

At the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico, Space X founder and CEO Elon Musk announced his company’s plan to build rocket booster and spacecraft that would transport human to Mars. He spoke about the plan stating the rocket and capsule will carry about 100 passengers along with their cargo to the red planet at an estimated cost of $10 billion a seat. Musk acknowledged the mammoth price tag, and laid out four alternative plans to minimize the cost, but was quick to hint on overall interest of thousands of people to live on Mars and informed that the company is planning on ways to minimize this cost to about $200,000. Read More…

Supersonic Hyperloop One successfully delivers first public demonstration

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If you remember SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk talking about using magnetic levitation technology to zip travelers intercity and intracity, you know that the earthbound transportation is about to upend in next few decades. On Wednesday, Hyperloop One, earlier known as Hyperloop Technologies, delivered first public demonstration of what can be called next level of futuristic transportation for both passengers and cargo. The demonstration of Hyperloop One took place in the Nevada desert about 10 miles north of Las Vegas. Read More…

NASA testing SpaceX inflatable pod for Mars trips to save millions of dollars on launch costs

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NASA has initiated the testing of Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) – an inflated habitat (compartment) for astronauts that could be expanded in Space and provide 20 times more room than present metal cabins. Also, it would save a lot of space as it can be inflated. The main idea is to materialize wish to deploy these expandable habitats as crew living quarters during the three-year trips to and from Mars.
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Finally SpaceX tastes success, Falcon 9 takes-off and lands flawlessly

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SpaceX at last tasted success in Florida as Falcon 9 rocket managed to take-off, separate from the second stage booster and then landed back on base without any flaws. This is the third time SpaceX tried to do so and coming on the back of two unsuccessful attempts this one surely tastes sweet. First time the rocket exploded on impact and in the second attempt too it damaged the landing gear. Elon Musk was elated by this event and expressed how 13 years of SpaceX seem more meaningful now.
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SpaceX Crew Dragon takes maiden test flight, looks on-course for 2017 ISS mission

SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft

Elon Musk’s SpaceX gave a glimpse of their manned spacecraft that is destined to take astronauts to the ISS (International Space Station) in 2017. Yes, the Crew Dragon capsule that hopefully NASA will use to ferry 7 astronauts safely to the ISS. The capsule is made from highest-grade carbon fiber material and alcantara cloth which gives it structural strength as well as resistance while exiting/entering Earth’s atmosphere. In its maiden test flight, the spacecraft did exactly what the SpaceX team intended and therefore helps it inch close to the goal of first-ever commercial spacecraft flight with astronauts on-board.
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Recurrent SpaceX mission failures, should NASA take notice?

SpaceX space mission failures

SpaceX, founded by former PayPal and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk in 2002, has become one of the most acclaimed private space companies owing its vision to develop reusable rockets that’ll revolutionize space exploration. SpaceX is by far the only non-government company that has managed to return a spacecraft from low-Earth orbit, and successful attached a spacecraft (Dragon) to the International Space Station. Despite its numerous accomplishments, which include, contracts with NASA to get critical food and supplies to ISS and to develop crew-carrying space capsules; SpaceX has been under the scanner for a series of space program failures in the recent times. Read More…