Spacex

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What do you do when you’ve launched Pay­pal and now have a few hun­dred mil­lion dol­lars sit­ting around? You date Am­ber Heard, ob­vi­ously. But be­fore that, you launch your own space com­pany. Founded in 2002 by ob­ses­sive over­achiever Elon Musk, Spacex has trans­formed from a van­ity project into a fully fledged aero­space pi­o­neer. While there aren’t any tourists sip­ping piña co­ladas on Mars just yet, ear­lier this year Spacex launched the Fal­con Heavy rocket into or­bit, which hap­pened to be car­ry­ing Musk’s own Tesla Road­ster – com­plete with a space­suited man­nequin on board. Cool, yes, but it also marked a turn­ing point in space travel. This was the first time a rocket this pow­er­ful has been launched by a pri­vate com­pany – rather than a gov­ern­ment agency – and Spacex has now se­cured con­tracts with NASA, the US Air Force and at least two pri­vate cit­i­zens who have booked a round-trip to the moon on the Crew Dragon craft. With the de­vel­op­ment of the BFR (Big Fal­con Rocket) the com­pany also looks to be the most vi­able op­tion for mak­ing com­mer­cial space travel more af­ford­able for the masses, by im­prov­ing ac­cess by a fac­tor of 15 since the orig­i­nal Fal­con 1 – from $11,900 to around $800 per kilo. Small change for one man – but a very big change for mankind.

SPACEX’S FAL­CON 9 LAUNCHES BANGLADESH’S FIRST SATEL­LITE INTO SPACE IN MAY THIS YEAR.

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