Posted By : Chris Tierney
Posted At : 2020-02-11

Back to Space

There’s one man’s ventures that I like to follow: Elon Musk

A citzen of South Africa, Canada and the US, he leads up SpaceX, Tesla, The Boring Company, Neuralink, and OpenAI. He worked his way from Zip2, X.com which ended up in the hands of PayPal.

A would love to own the Tesla Model S, Model 3, Model X, and Cybertruck. But I’m going to need a raise first.

But what’s most impressive to me is SpaceX. Their quick-turnaround reusable rocket sections have made space travel so much more affordable.

Since the end of the Space Shuttle era back in 2011, we’ve relied upon the Russians to get U.S. astronauts to space at a hefty price tag.

Now, if everything goes to plan, that will all change around May 7th. The date is not official and is just a target at this point. But April, May or June are likely according to Mark Geyer, director of Johnson Space Center. Whatever the date, it will mark the first human space flight by a private corporation, rather than the government. And of course, that leads to significant reduced costs.

But let’s not forget the government is what got them to their starting block. While these are new engines and, well, everything, they didn’t start from scratch.

After numerous tests from empty flights, to automated cargo deliveries to the Space Station, to testing the in-flight abort system, they are ready for the humans.

Boeing almost made the first human flight, but they’ve got some major software issues they’ve got to work out after their last mission just didn’t cut it.

I’m looking forward to this launch date, and I’m sure much of the world will be watching as well.