I don’t have sufficient words to describe the respect I feel for an individual and the 5000+ workers in the SpaceX (16 year old private) company who are disrupting the established space industry.
Never has high tech been so emotional. Tears filled my eyes when I watched two of the three boosters return and land in formation. I was not alone. My friend Christine Negroni was one of the 100,000 people who travelled to Florida to observe the launch. It was emotional for them as well.
Musk equates the difficulties of landing the boosters as “balancing three rubber broom sticks in a windstorm”. It matters little that the third booster failed on its approach to the floating sea-platform landing. Because, just like Airbus Autoland and other fly-by-wire systems, once SpaceX perfects the software logic for the thruster autoland systems, the software need never change and so the system will remain certified forever.
This is high tech at its best. The Falcon Heavy is the most powerful reusable rocket delivery system on Earth. The things SpaceX have accomplished are breathtaking. Take control and disrupt yourself before others disrupt you
Elons Musk has invested $500m in the Falcon Heavy project. SpaceX have said they can use their reusable rocket technology put 63.8t of cargo into space for as little as $100m per launch. NASA is quoting $1b per launch for their next platform.
Take control and disrupt yourself before others disrupt you
This event marks a new age for space work and travel. The bold will inherit the Earth. Rewards are commensurate with risks.
Congratulations to Elon and everyone at SpaceX.
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Falcon Heavy (Photo Brady Kenniston @TheFavoritist)
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