Elon Musk’s efforts are aimed at what he believes to be an essential goal for mankind: to establish a human settlement on Mars. Satellites will play a decisive role in his endeavor. A business centered on commercial satellite construction will give him both the revenue and communications know-how. These two will be the key factors in his plan to reach the Red Planet.
Elon Musk is a co-founder of the renowned e-commerce website PayPal. The website was acquired by the EBay Inc. colossus. He is the creator and chief executive officer of Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, commonly known as SpaceX, co-founder and CEO of Tesla Motors Inc. and the chairman of SolarCity Corp. This is the biggest company in the U.S. that installs rooftops made from solar panels across the country. In a recent interview he spoke in an optimistic manner about SpaceX’s lawsuit with U.S. Air Force. International Space Station receives on a regular basis supplies from SpaceX. This is the first rocket maker that delivers cargo outside into space. The lawsuit was about contracts regarding satellite launching, but it seems U.S. Air Force and SpaceX will settle to a deal.
Elon Musk said in a conference room located at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California that “We’re going to try and do for satellites what we’ve done for rockets.”
Meanwhile, he predicted that the engineering office of SpaceX company in Seattle will employ in the final stages of his colossal project up to a thousand people.
On 10th of January, SpaceX missed the first try to catch a rocket returning from space. This is the first step and a very important one in Elon Musk’s agenda. Reusing rockets will have the potential to decrease for about one hundred times the cost of launching a rocket into space. The next lift-off will take place three days before the current month ends, on 29th of January. He said that he has confidence in this second try. The first one was not bad either, but the hydraulic fluid had run short. As a consequence, Musk said that for the second attempt there will be an amount of hydraulic fluid with 50 percent greater.
Since the Apollo era NASA has two aerospace gigantic partners: Boeing Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp. In 2008 SpaceX won a contract from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. It is a competitor with the two aforementioned aerospace companies thanks to the fact that provides lowest-cost launches in the commercial space industry.
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