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Elon Musk is the founder, CEO and lead designer at Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), where he oversees the development and manufacturing of advanced rockets and spacecraft for missions to and beyond Earth orbit.
FROM EARTH TO MARS
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"I’m talking about sending ultimately tens of thousands, eventually millions of people to Mars and then going out there and exploring the stars."
ELON MUSK, MAY 2012
It is a lunar space tourist mission to be flown by SpaceX aboard the Crew Dragon, launched via Falcon Heavy rocket, to fly on a free-return trajectory around the Moon, scheduled for late 2018. It is also to serve as a development mission in SpaceX's further plans to colonize Mars. A 2018 mission would mark the first manned Moon mission since Apollo 17 of 1972, some 46 years earlier.
Elon Musk has flown so high, so fast, it is hard not to wonder when, and how, he will crash to earth. How could he not? Musk is so many things — inventor, entrepreneur, billionaire, space pioneer, inspiration for Iron Man's playboy superhero Tony Stark ― and he has pushed the boundaries of science and business, doing what others declare impossible.
At only 41, so far Musk shows no sign of tumbling earthwards. NASA and other clients are queuing up to use his rockets, part of the rapid commercialization of space. His other company, electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors, is powering ahead. Such success would satisfy many tycoons, but for Musk they are merely means to ends: minimising climate change and colonizing Mars. And not in some distant future — he wants to accomplish both within our lifetimes.
Codenamed Big Fucking Rocket, Musk says the new spaceship will be able to ferry people to and from the Mars, with the first test launch to the Red Planet set for 2022. It's an ambitious plan with a tight timeline, but Musk says he is going to focus the majority of SpaceX's resources on the project and "cannibalize" its Falcon rockets.
The BFR will have 31 Raptor engines, weigh 4,400 tons and have a liftoff thrust of 5,400 tons.
At the top of the BFR, which will stand at 106m tall, is the payload. It's here where passengers and cargo will be stored for flights. Musk said it would be pressurised to a greater level than an A380 cabin and have 40 cabins (carrying 100 people), large storage areas, and a galley. The lower parts of the rocket will be used for its propellant: 860 tons of liquid oxygen, with methane to help propel the vehicle through its flight.
The BFR is a key part of Musk's plan to turn humans into a multi-planetary species. It has long been his ambition to put people on Mars as he believes it will help save humanity from a dying planet.
On Monday, October 30th at 3:34 p.m., SpaceX successfully launched the Koreasat-5A satellite from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Florida.
ECHOSTAR 105/SES-11 MISSION
On October 11th, SpaceX successfully launched the EchoStar 105/SES-11 payload from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Florida. The satellite was deployed approximately 36 minutes after liftoff into its targeted orbit.
ECHOSTAR 105/SES-11 MISSION
On Monday, October 9, at 5:37 a.m. PDT, SpaceX successfully launched the Iridium-3 mission from Space Launch Complex 4E (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
On Thursday, September 7 at 10:00 am EDT, SpaceX successfully launched the Orbital Test Vehicle 5 (OTV-5) payload from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
DRAGON RESUPPLY MISSION (CRS-12)
On August 14, 2017, SpaceX successfully launched its twelfth Commercial Resupply Services mission (CRS-12) from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Florida. Liftoff occurred at 12:31 p.m.