By Arjun Mehrotra
SpaceX is an American aerospace company. The company is one of the largest organizations working to bring more humans into space. It was founded by Elon Musk in the year 2002. Its current mission is known as Starlink, and aims to get more satellites into space to provide global internet access. With this project, they hope to provide internet to places all over the world where the internet would previously be inaccessible.
The satellite is smaller than previous ones and has been compressed to allow more satellites to be stored. The satellite will be launched using the reusable Falcon 9 rocket which can transport payloads into the Earth’s orbit. The newest launch, the Starlink-11 will be launched with the Falcon 9 carrying 60 satellites, on Sep 3 from the Kennedy NASA launch center.
On August 30th, 2020, SpaceX launched SAOCOM 1B, An Earth-observing satellite from Argentina. They used the reusable Falcon 9 rocket for the launch. SpaceX originally planned to launch both rockets on the same day but due the weather had to launch the Starlink-11 a few days after. You can watch the launch here.
SpaceX is also developing a spacecraft called the starship, made for sending humans and heavy cargo to Mars. It will use the Super Heavy rocket booster for launching and is currently only in a prototype format. On September 17th, 2018, SpaceX announced that the company’s first private passenger will be Yusaku Maezawa, a famous entrepreneur and art collector who will fly around the moon in 2023. Elon Musk’s final goal with starship is to colonize mars.
“You want to wake up in the morning and think the future is going to be great – and that’s what being a spacefaring civilization is all about. It’s about believing in the future and thinking that the future will be better than the past. And I can’t think of anything more exciting than going out there and being among the stars.”Elon Musk
Of course, there are some arguments about whether space travel is worth it. A popular argument is that space launches are very expensive and should be spent on other things like schools. It also said that they are bad for the environment and require a lot of materials to build.
I think that space travel is going to be our future and I, personally, am very excited for it! There may be many conflicts about whether we should go to space but I think that we should welcome the future with open arms!