Rockets are critical to space missions and they always go to waste the moment they are launched for a mission. Despite the unfathomable and enormous sums of amount these rockets demand when being developed, they are normally ravaged away by either sinking deep into the sea or crashing in the deserts.
SpaceX, founded by Elon Musk is currently working very diligently to find a suitable way of ending this wasteful norm. Musk’s first Falcon 9 rocket that was launched recently is made of rocket parts that can be recycled for other use. The rocket is world’s first orbital rocket that will be reusable and this would be the beginning of a new era in the management of space equipment.
For a long time, spacecraft missions have relied heavily on the rockets that are created for a single use. The ‘disposable rockets’ are commonly used by NASA’s space missions but they are very costly to build. With the new invention of reusable rockets, Musk believes that the space missions’ costs could be reduced to at least 100 times down.
Musk intends to drastically reduce the cost of accessing space with reusable rockets that would eventually make it affordable for the public to relocate to Mars or other planets in the space. The SpaceX craft cost more than $1 billion to build. However, various economic analysts and planetary experts are questioning the viability of Musk’s idea and long it would him to pay back his huge investment.
SpaceX has made milestones in the space missions. Since its inception, the private space firm has successfully completed more than 70 flights into space. Most of these missions are directly funded by NASA specifically for their cargo resupply at International Space Station (ISS). According to Musk, the reusable rocket idea is a huge revolution for space missions. It has taken more than 15 years to accomplish the goal.
The SpaceX proved on March 30, that it’s possible to launch satellites, cargo, and even humans into space using the reusable rocket boosters. It would be great if the world would embrace the technology that would significantly lower the costs of building space mission rockets.