Elon Musk’s SpaceX: Astonishing Facts You Never Knew

For those who don’t know about Space X, the company is a brainchild of entrepreneur Elon Musk. Space Exploration Technologies Corp is a private American aerospace manufacturer and space transportations company. The company has continued to impress investors as well as the world. This article will take you through some of the most amazing facts about the company which will leave you astonished at best.

 

  • When Elon Musk launched Space X in 2002, it was with the dream of colonizing Mars and revolutionize space technology.

  • The company’s first rocket was named after Elon Musk’s favorite sci-fi movie Star Wars’ Millennium Falcon.

  • SpaceX scored its first big headline in 2010, when it became the first private company to launch a payload into orbit and return it to Earth intact—something only government agencies like NASA or Russia’s Roscosmos had done before.

  • To keep a check on quality and price, more than 80% of the rocket parts are made in-house. NASA found out that the cot of building the Falcon 9 was USD 440 million. This is about 1/3rd of what it would’ve taken NASA to build the same rocket.

  • In 2015, Space X launched a Dragon capsule. This was on a resupply mission to the International Space Station. However, in just 2 minutes and 19 seconds of taking flight, the capsule exploded mid-air. Luckily there were no passengers aboard. After 18 successful missions, this was the first time a launch had failed.

  • Iron Man 2 was shot in Space X’s factory in Hawthorne, California. The director of the movie, Jon Favreau also revealed that Robert Downey Jr’s character, Tony Stark was inspired by Elon Musk.

  • In 2017, the Falcon 9 was launched from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center. The interesting part is that this was the same complex from where the Apollo 11 mission was launched. The complex hadn’t been used since it was retired in 2011.

  • Space X is not only into making rockets. It has also partnered with NASA to make specialized space-suits. They are made using futuristic technology and are not restricted to use only inside the spacecraft.

  • In 2018, Space X made history by launching the Falcon Heavy. It carried Musk’s personal Tesla Roadster into space. It also has the fourth-highest payload capacity rocket to ever exist after NASA’s Saturn V and the Soviet Energia and N1.

 

By Abhishek Aggarwal

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