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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The New Generation of Space Exploration

You may have heard recently that SpaceX has unveiled their latest rocket, the Falcon Heavy, to much praise by the press. It's brand-spanking-new thruster technology and payload ability makes it by far the cheapest orbital transport craft yet to be made. At a staggering $1,000 per pound to lift into orbit, it is changing the young game of commercialized space exploration. If the average human weighs 150 pounds, then it would only cost $150,000 to send a man to space, compared to the millions for NASA and other space missions. This may seem like a lot of money to the layman, but in space terms, its dirt cheap. This means that the new Falcon Heavy rocket can carry huge payloads; twice as much as the closest competitor the Delta IV heavy, for a third of its price. Good news for the mega-rich who hope to one day sail to the International Space Station for the price of a well-optioned Porsche 911. Heres the rocket up close:


All this excitement brings me to some good news: Companies like SpaceX and Virgin galactic represent the first examples of sustainable business dealing with space travel, and now that such corporations are taking it upon themselves to push the limits of space travel, this has changed the economy of space. Along with Obama's plan to take money away from traveling to the moon, and allowing private business to develop orbital space stations and transport vehicles, NASA now has more room in their budget to refresh aging technology, improve the space infrastructure, develop new technologies for Solar Power to provide energy to space stations, and invent newer, more efficient means of moving our society into space and opening up a new frontier. When the news came down that we weren't going back to the moon, it was taken as a bad omen, but more and more we are realizing that it is not just closing a door to the moon, but opening another door to the rest of the Universe.

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17 comments:

Benji said...

I am so interested in space and how it works, am learning about anti particles and quarks in school soon to be onto astronomy cant wait :D
wonder if they find anyhthing out there with there new tech :o

Mark said...

I'd love to go to space, it'd be awesome. Although someone said after seeing the earth from space some astronauts go a little crazy. So I guess I have nothing to lose :P

mac-and-me said...

its a shame they dont invest more money in space travel

Danny Murphy said...

Very interesting post mate, I've always been interested in anything to do with space.

ironchefman said...

Perhaps unfortunately, privatization and commercialization is the only viable way of getting towards cheaper spaceflight. I hope that in my lifetime I can take a trip to space one day (without having to save money for it my whole life)!

Tweeks Coffee said...

great post. following!

Patres said...

Seeing outer space is definitely on my top 5 things I'd do if I had the money (or a genie in a lamp)

Mr. Dough said...

Interesting to see privatization doing better than the government.

Team Panda said...

i heard about this on tv, its good to see they're making some good progress.

Anthony C said...

It's good that private companies are getting in space exploration, it pushes NASA to compete with them. If they can get the funding.

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Good information, thanks for this.

POP! said...

I wonder what will happen with space exploration with NASA basically handing it over to private companies :O

Piets said...

Awesome info

Insider33 said...

I hate the fact that there's a decreasing interest in space exploration. I want to go to the moon.

taio said...

interesant

Corridor said...

yeah, who wants to go to the moon anyway? The Universe... makes... me... feel.. kinda.. s-small.

Leestander said...

i want to visit the space!

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