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.