Real Talk

It’s time to start talking about space travel for real

Space travel is here to stay.

If one can figure out how to effectively reuse rockets just like airplanes, the cost of access to space will be reduced by as much as a factor of a hundred. A fully reusable vehicle has never been done before. That really is the fundamental breakthrough needed to revolutionise access to space. - Elon Musk

The idea of space travel has seemed virtually impossible, until now. Space tourism has blown up significantly over the last five to ten years, from Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, to Elon Musk’s SpaceX and most recently – the 11th successful launch this year.

Yesterday, the Falcon 9 rocket took off from Cape Canaveral in Florida, bound for the International Space Station. Shortly after take-off (8-minutes to be exact), the majority of the vehicle landed back on solid ground in Florida’s coast. This is a BIG deal across the Space Tourism industry, purely for the fact that this marks the 14th successful rocket landing for SpaceX and the sixth time a Falcon 9 has touched back on Earth. Meaning… we’re one step closer to space travel, the Moon and Mars!

The Falcon 9 rocket carried a Dragon cargo capsule filed with more than 6,400 pounds of supplies, science experiments and yes, even ice cream for the crew on the International Space Station.

The Falcon Heavy a.k.a their most powerful rocket yet, will launch later in November this year. It will be the most powerful rocket in the world to date, with the ability to lift off into orbit with a mass equivalent to a 737 jetliner loaded with passengers, crew, luggage and fuel.

It also plans to send two private citizens around in its Dragon 2 spacecraft in 2018. The company has selected two participants for the mission, which is being funded by Nasa and cash from the citizens. This will be the first time humans are sent into space in 45 years if all goes to plan.

Yep, the future is fast approaching peeps.