When Elon Musk and his team at SpaceX were looking to make their Falcon 9 rocket even more powerful, they came up with a creative idea -- keep the propellant at super-cold temperatures to shrink its size, allowing them to pack more of it into the tanks. But the approach comes with a major risk, according to some safety experts.
The US rocket developers (Lockheed and Boeing) have been the same companies developing a lot of fighter planes and other military systems. The traditional US rocket development has failed to develop new rockets for decades. Elon Musk and SpaceX have shown that rapid technology development and implementation is possible.
SpaceX has big plans for Mars, some of which seem profoundly difficult to accomplish. The company has a goal of building a colony of 1 million people on Mars in the next few decades. The chance that SpaceX can reach the red planet and begin colonization drops to zero if it can’t get a larger, more powerful rocket up and running. It’s making good progress, though. Elon Musk recently revealed tooling for the BFR, and it’s big.
"This is the first approval of a U.S.-licensed satellite constellation to provide broadband services using a new generation of low-Earth orbit satellite technologies," the Federal Communications Commission said in a statement. The system proposed by privately held SpaceX, as Space Exploration Holdings is known, will use 4,425 satellites, the FCC said.
SpaceX successfully launched a Falcon 9 with a payload that could be significant in the long term. The primary mission was to put Paz, a satellite operated by Hisdesat and intended for Earth observations, in orbit. The other two satellites are the first broadband satellites SpaceX has developed for Project Starlink.
According to the FCC, if the proposal is approved, it would be the first time an American company has been given permission to use low-Earth orbit satellites for providing broadband. Other companies like OneWeb, Space Norway and Telesat are also pursuing similar projects, which have been approved by the FCC.
Falcon Heavy’s launch was seemingly flawless. Reminiscent of the ‘90s space shuttle or ‘60s Apollo mission days, people gathered around to watch the huge rocket launch into space. The Falcon Heavy’s side boosters landed perfectly side by side at landing pads for “future reuse” -- a concept unheard of in the aerospace industry.
SpaceX, the Elon Musk-founded company that last week launched its Falcon Heavy rocket - and a Tesla into space - came a step closer to deploying satellites that would deliver broadband Internet across the U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai on Wednesday began circulating a proposal to fellow commissioners recommending approval of SpaceX's application for a satellite-delivered Internet service.
The successful launch of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy has drawn attention in China as netizens compared the aerospace industry in China and the US, with experts saying China is working hard to catch up with the US.
Musk said he wants "a new space race," telling reporters after the launch he thinks Falcon Heavy's success will "encourage other companies and countries" to be ambitious in the same way as SpaceX. The launch was the most ambitious yet for Musk's space company, putting it at the top of a short list of available heavy lift rockets.