What SpaceX & Elon Musk JUST DID is SHOCKING the entire space industry!

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What SpaceX & Elon Musk JUST DID is SHOCKING the entire space industry!
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Can you believe that one day, seeing a rocket land becomes a very normal sighting, similar to that of seeing airplanes land every hour?
Sounds ridiculous, right?
But that’s exactly what SpaceX is doing now.
This definitely comes as a shock for the entire space industry.
Why shock?
Hang on there till the end of this script as I explain all the reasons for that?
Now, let’s get started:

Well, it’s hard to make a profit in space. Moving “stuff” from Earth into space is an expensive process. But this is because we haven’t learned how to recycle rockets yet.

Since the launch of Sputnik started the space age 60 years ago, most of the spacecraft that have been launched are Expendable Launch Vehicles (ELVs), which only fly once. After delivering their payload, they either come crashing back down to Earth, burn up in the atmosphere, or simply remain in orbit as “space junk”.

Every time a new payload needs to be sent into space, a new ELV has to be built, costing millions of dollars. Imagine how much an Uber would cost if the driver had to buy a new car for every trip!

It might seem that the obvious solution is to reuse rockets. The idea of Reusable Launch Vehicles (RLVs) isn’t new, but reusing rockets has proven tricky in the past.

The first real attempt at making an RLV was NASA’s Space Shuttle program.

The Space Shuttle fleet was meant to lower the cost of space transportation by being partially reusable. But rather than lowering costs, the program increased them. The complexity and risk of the Space Shuttle fleet made maintaining and operating them expensive. And when the 30-year program ended in 2011, it may have seemed like the argument for RLVs ended with it.

But proponents of RLVs were undeterred.
A few months after the final Space Shuttle flight, SpaceX, a start-up company founded by tech billionaire Elon Musk announced a plan to make its Falcon 9 rocket reusable. SpaceX began working on ways to recover and reuse the Falcon 9’s booster stage, the largest, most expensive part of the rocket.

Two years later, the company began trying to recover used boosters by having them make controlled descents into the ocean after completing their missions. After some spectacular failures, SpaceX successfully recovered a booster for the first time in late 2015.

Over the next 15 months, SpaceX recovered more and more boosters, building up a stockpile of secondhand rockets. But it still hasn’t reused any of them.

That changed in March 2017, when one of the recovered boosters was refurbished and used to launch a communications satellite. It wasn’t the first time a rocket had been reused – that honor will always belong to the Space Shuttle program. But unlike the Space Shuttle, the reused Falcon 9 was cheaper.
For the first time in history, recycling rockets makes good business sense.
What SpaceX & Elon Musk JUST DID is SHOCKING the entire space industry!
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  1. The difference is that you’re comparing a country to a private company. SpaceX, Elon notwithstanding, is doing an excellent job lobbing satellites into space at an ever-increasing rate. That is a wonderful thing!


  3. i still think that no competition will challenge spaceX's lead. spaceX might come to be seen as a monopoly and i would urge elon to split the company into 2 competing companies, one for like starlink and it's sat launches with restocking and repair types of missions, and one for exploration and colonization… and commercial sat / military sat launches. i feel this will happen in maybe another 5 years? give or take.

  4. The only problem is when Musk is forced to use an electric rocket the recharge time will take 10 times longer. Some people say musk is investing into GIANT rubber band factories.

  5. My life has totally changed since I started with $7,000 and now I make $ 29,450 every 11 days.

  6. NASA did that in the nineties managed to land a rocket upright the Delta clipper was the name of the vehicle

  7. Musk and SpaceX like showing off. Nothing strange about that. They have earned the right.

  8. Astra’s real problem is that their rockets on takeoff get caught in their millennial/GENZ employee’s nose rings. Look at seven minutes three seconds

  9. Want to Really upset Russia and China? Franchise Falcon 9 to England, EU, Japan, Australia, and others. A human flight-capable rocket. Let the WEST bury the East.

  10. See? This is what happens when people say it can’t be done and you say “hold my beer.”

  11. The goal is to take off like a manned plane, carry a payload to orbit, and return under power to a runway anywhere. It will happen…

  12. SpaceX is truly unique, but it's embarassing for you to make fun of Russia. Remember until recently the US was entirely dependent on Russian launch vehicles, Russian engines and is still dependent on Russian reboost of the ISS.

  13. I really wish people would stop using the word "shocking" or "shocked" on every damn You Tube video that is out there.