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07 Apr 2017 12:53

Company:
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Full Name:

Space Exploration Technologies

Founder:
Elon Musk

Aims:

  • To reduce the cost of spaceflight by orders of magnitude through rocket re-usability, enabling the mass exploitation of space.
  • To colonise Mars by founding a city there.


They're changing our future. I could type at extreme length about this company - they're doing the most exciting things in the world right now, if you ask me - but rather than wax lyrical, I've come to suspect that a much cleaner way to explain their importance is to take the opposition stance and deflate it with facts, let SpaceX's performance and culture speak for itself.

To that end, here's a list that Space Engineer pasted to DoctorOfSpace, which he then translated to English. It comes from a Russian forum where SpaceX fans were mocking people who continually express doubt about the company, no matter what they do. I've edited it slightly for neatness, flow, and accuracy to the SpaceX timeline.


1. When there are SpaceX customers, then we'll talk.

2. When the Falcon 1 flies, then we'll talk.


3. When the Falcon 1 reaches orbit, then we'll talk.



4. When there is a contract with NASA, then we'll talk.


5. When the Falcon 9 flies, then we'll talk.


6. When they build their own ship, Dragon, then we'll talk.


7. When they reach the ISS, then we'll talk.


8. When they launch geostationary satellites, then we'll talk.


9. When they figure out how to land rockets, then we'll talk.


10. When they make their Dragon 2, then we'll talk.


11. When they land the first stage of a rocket, then we'll talk.

  • "The Falcon has landed" | Recap of Falcon 9 launch and landing

    ^ I will never get tired of that video - 21/12/2015
  • SpaceX Makes History (from National Geographic's MARS series)

12. When they land the first stage of their rocket on the barge, then we'll talk.


13. When they land a stage after the launching to GTO (geostationary transfer orbit), then we'll talk.


14. When they successfully launch a reused rocket, then we'll talk.


>>>>>>>>>>>>>WE ARE HERE<<<<<<<<<<<<<


15. When they launch their Falcon Heavy, then we'll talk.


16. When they start to carry people to orbit, then we'll talk.


17. When they send a ship to the Moon, then we'll talk.


18. When they can land a ship successfully without parachutes, then we'll talk. 


19. When the Red Dragon is launched, then we'll talk.


20. When the Red Dragon sits on Mars, then we'll talk.


21. When they make their Martian transport, then we'll talk. 

22. When people land on Mars, then we'll talk.
  • SpaceX Interplanetary Transport System

23. When Mars is colonized, then we'll talk.

24. When they terraform Mars, then we'll talk.


Phew! That took a long time to put together.

I don't know if it's more informative than my usual approach of spewing forth a stream of consciousness about the company, but it's certainly more complete. I turned up so much nostalgic stuff about SpaceX from way back in the founding days, some of which I had never seen before. It's amazing to see how many of their objectives they have met, and how much resistance and doubt they have pushed through to reach this stage. The list above is a tongue-in-cheek distillation of the doubts expressed at every stage of their journey, and the bullet points are a refutation of those doubts.

SpaceX are the most important thing happening on this planet right now. I wish them every continued success.

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07 Apr 2017 13:31

The list looks good, gotta rub it in to those SpaceX skeptics.
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07 Apr 2017 15:50

Never heard of Space X, what's that all about?
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07 Apr 2017 20:32

Hmm, good point. I haven't explained anything, just typed out my side of an argument with a largely imaginary foe.

SpaceX is a privately-owned rocket company. Elon Musk founded SpaceX, but he's probably best known publicly for co-founding and running the electric car and renewable energy company Tesla.

SpaceX is actually slightly older than Tesla, and those two companies, along with OpenAI and the recently incorporated Neuralink, represent Musk's response to some items on a list of existential threats to humanity that he devised while in college.

The threats included:
  • Climate change
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Single-planet vulnerability (ie, if some disaster befalls the Earth, the only known intelligence in the universe would be wiped out)
SpaceX is a response to that last one (with Tesla and OpenAI responding to the top two). SpaceX is also a response to what Musk saw as the slow-down of Humanity's progress towards the stars. Luckily, promoting increased interest in space exploration and colonising other worlds are very synergistic goals.

SpaceX's mission, therefore, is generally to lower the cost of access to space through efficient manufacturing and clever design, and specifically to advance the technologies and mount the efforts needed to establish a substantial human population on the most suitable nearby planet: Mars.
 
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07 Apr 2017 20:42

That's astounding! Glad we have people like that in this world, making dreams a reality without any fear or hesitation. I'm so glad to be living in a time where things like this can happen, and I can see the progress, the knowledge gained, and the imaginations run wild with all the new possibilities. Kinda reminds me though of some of the 50's and 60's sci-fi books and movies where there is this one guy in control of it all, with a super-human mind and resources beyond any compare, that steer the human race with their best and purely altruistic motivations, and then they go nuts from cosmic rays and end it all in a horrible apocalypse lol I guess we will see wont we?!

But really I was teasing about not knowing. I really admire the time and effort you put into this! It truly is a marvelous time to be alive!
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