If the weather conditions are good, astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will complete the first manned flight of the American company Space X to the international space station this evening. SpaceX will create a take-off for history!
After the cancellation of its inaugural flight to the International Space Station (ISS) on Wednesday due to bad weather conditions, Space X should know its glory day tonight and open a new space era by bringing astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, two men chosen by NASA for this unprecedented demonstration mission.
Elon Musk’s Glory Day
Elon Musk, the well-known billionaire entrepreneur, founder of Tesla electric cars, inventor of the concept of high-speed trains Hyperloop and capable of a tweet to pump the stock market prices of his companies, is making today his child’s dream becoming true!
Indeed, Elon has always lived his life like a dream. At the age of 12, he created and then sold his first video game, then launched with his brother the online software Zip2, which he sold in 1999 for 341 million dollars. After this success, he became the serial entrepreneur that everyone knows today, by entering several industries. He founded the online banking service Paypal, Tesla, Hyperloop, Powerall batteries, Neuralink which is a project of connecting the human brain and the computer. And therefore, he founded Space X in 2002, the achievement he is most proud of.
“SpaceX wouldn’t be there without NASA”
Being an advisor to Donald Trump with some unexpected but very serious positions like on artificial intelligence, Elon Musk fought to gain the confidence of NASA and even of the American Congress, which were hostile to let the private sector enter the space pre-square.
The American agency, in lack of funds and perhaps also of ambition, finally established a singular, and fruitful relationship with Space X. “SpaceX would not be there without NASA”, recognized Elon Musk last year. In 2012, it became the first private company to tie up a cargo capsule to the ISS, which was regularly refueled. Two years later, NASA ordered him to follow up: send his astronauts there, in 2017, by adapting the Dragon capsule. With it, we enter the future: flat screens, minimalist design, everything is redesigned. Even astronauts’ suits are designed by a Hollywood costume designer!
$ 3 billion for six space round trips
NASA paid more than $ 3 billion for SpaceX to design, build, test and operate its reusable capsule for six future space round trips. The road has been long, punctuated by setbacks and delays, but the result is there and clearly marks a new stage in space history with, on the one hand, a possible privatization of the low Earth orbit and acceleration ambitions for conquest, on the Moon around 2024 then towards Mars by 2035.
Ambitions 100% made in the USA
Donald Trump was on Wednesday in Cape Canaveral because in addition to the technological revolution, there are always major geopolitical stakes. If the capsule fulfills its mission and is certified safe, the Americans will no longer depend on the Russians to access space. With the vision of Elon Musk, SpaceX creates a take-off for history!