Space Exploration Technologies Corp., more widely known as SpaceX, has already attained a large series of world records. It had the first privately funded rocket ever to reach the orbit, the first spacecraft to visit the International Space Station, and it is the first private company to ever put a satellite into orbit. However, this series of ambitions won’t stop here. After SpaceX finally operated a successful flight, the company wants to turn space travel into a common trip.
Gwynne Shotwell, the president of SpaceX, made a statement according to which the company will end up launching a Falcon 9 rocket every two to three weeks. While the achievements of the company so far are bold and brave, the plans seem too ambitious giving the recent events within the company.
This statement comes only five months after SpaceX encountered a troublesome experience. Last year in September, a test mission ended up with a Falcon 9 rocket in flames. The failed event was penalized with four months of inactivity. However, the moment SpaceX regained its clearance for space travel, the company managed a successful rocket launch in January 2017.
However, before the September 2016 explosion, the company was already on the right path to achieve its record of one space travel every two weeks. Unfortunately, the damages of$300 million set the company back for at least one year. The launch pad went through major damages together with the transported Israeli satellite.
To achieve this ambition, SpaceX is going to invest heavily in several projects at the same time. The company is busy repairing the launch pad at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station while planning to inaugurate a new one at the Kennedy Space Center of NASA. The expenses for the additional launch pad will reach a total of $100 million.
On the other hand, SpaceX is looking to improve the design of their current rockets. The top priorities are performance and safety. Thus, the engines will be modified, and the turbopump of Falcon 9 will go through a redesign. This project will make sure that there will be no more cracks in the equipment. This required procedure comes as result of the U.S. Air Force officials that noticed slight fissures of the engines.
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