Space Travel, Anyone?
Space Travel for the Masses
It’s one thing to send drones up into space. It’s a whole other thing to leave our atmosphere. Space travel is so fascinating, but incredibly complex. I’m guessing that’s why Elon Musk and his company Space X decided it was worth pursuing. Their goals are far reaching, with aspirations to send folks to Mars. With the recently successful launch of the Heavy Falcon, this goal of commercial space travel is that much closer. What better way to signify a new age of space travel than launching you’re own Tesla into space?
Many commercial entities have entered the space race, attempting to commercialize travel for the masses. Space X is the first to introduce a rocket capable of doing just that, with the biggest payload capability ever seen, reusable first stage boosters and an ‘inexpensive’ price tag (per launch). This all paves the way for future commercial space travel.
This is a big deal for the average person out there. Anyone who has dreamed of going to space but didn’t have the stomach or chops to be an astronaut now has a legitimate shot at seeing the cosmos up close and personal. I’m not saying this will happen tomorrow; in fact, I doubt we hit any of the aggressive timelines outlined by Space X or it’s competitors for commercial space travel in the next few years. Throw on top of that the opening costs and sheer volume of people in line for their turn, and the average folks like you and I may not have a shot at this for a decade or so.
Nonetheless, it’s crazy to believe we are closer than ever at a shot of heading to the Moon or Mars as commercial destinations. This also has further ramifications for all of mankind. If you are able to get efficient enough at executing these trips, suddenly you can set up “mini-bus stops” in our Galaxy, namely the Moon and Mars. Then, if you let your imagination run wild, you could then use those destinations as launch points to go farther into our universe. None of this is inconceivable though there definitely are some steep challenges to colonization, refueling, etc to get there.