Elon Musk has given so much already to the field of technological development. After founding the online payment system PayPal, he did not rest. He founded Tesla, the successful electric car company. The high-tech entrepreneur dreams big. For example, last year he presented the plans for a high-speed rail road linking San Francisco and Los Angeles in just 30 minutes. Space X is one of the most optimistic space programs right now. Eventually, Elon Musk’s company aims to start a Mars colonization program. From what the entrepreneur achieved so far, the goal must be seriously taken into consideration.
Space exploration has historically been a public affair. After WWII, the Cold War drove some of the most spectacular technological achievements with the Moon exploration at its top. After the power statement was made, NASA’s budget has been periodically decreased. Even if the agency still runs numerous space programs, there is an overall discontent with the speed of the exploration process. Right now, NASA focuses on Earth too with its climate analysis satellite.
Elon Musk plans to take matters into his own hands with the SpaceX program. SpaceX is a transport company with Californian headquarters. SpaceX is not the only private space flight company, but it is definitely the most successful one. It has literally gone further than any other private competitor. With Elon Musk by its side, it could not have done otherwise.
SpaceX Launch Site not in the traditionally spaceflight oriented Florida
The company applied to the Federal Aviation Administration for a launch site. FAA responded on Tuesday and agreed upon a SpaceX launch site. The site is placed in Cameron County, Texas, to the dissatisfaction of Florida officials. SpaceX operates two reusable rockets, the Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy. The FAA allows SpaceX to do up to 12 launches per year. This might be enough for now, but Elon Musk plans to offer commercial space travel to the masses, meaning that he aims for several launches per day.
Further on, the spaceport will probably be the departure point for the subsequent Mars exploration. A short while back, Elon Musk ambitiously stated that in 10 to 20 years SpaceX is going to fly people to Mars. With Texas Chosen as SpaceX Launch Site, the plan to have the Mars Colonial Transporter able to carry up to 100 people by 2025 starts to seem feasible.