Elon Musk has been making all our space adventures a reality. If you’re a space enthusiast then you are on the right page.
Founded in 2002 by entrepreneur Elon Musk, SpaceX is one of the leading private American aerospace manufacturers and space transportation services company. SpaceX was started with the goal of reducing space transportation costs and enabling the colonization of Mars.
In fact, in the last 16 years, SpaceX has launched two main sets of rocket families namely – Falcon 9 and Dragon. Falcon 9 rocket is a multi-use, two-stage rocket powered by nine Merlin engines on the first stage, and a single Merlin engine on the second stage. These engines run on cryogenic liquid oxygen and a fuel called RP-1, which is a highly refined kerosene.
The Falcon rocket is topped by the Dragon spacecraft, which provides pressurized and unpressurized “trunk” space for the cargo that it carries to the International Space Station. Currently, the Falcon rocket and the Dragon spacecraft, deliver payloads into Earth orbit.
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So, let’s catch up on SpaceX’s latest launches.
Telstar 19V (Telstar 19 Vantage) is the latest satellite mission launched by SpaceX. It is a communication satellite in the Telstar series of the Canadian satellite communications company Telesat. It is the first of two missions launched by SpaceX on July 22 2018, using a Falcon 9 rocket and will serve growing consumer enterprise and mobility markets across the America and Atlantic. Currently, it is being operated by Telesat Brasil, a Brazilian satellite company wholly-owned by Telesat.The Block 5 Falcon 9 was lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Base in Florida and deployed Telstar 19 Vantage into a geostationary transfer orbit.
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Along with operating geostationary satellites, Telesat also planned to prepare a constellation of 117 low-Earth-orbit spacecraft for high-speed broadband in 2022.
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Musk’s long term vision for the company is the development of technology and resources suitable for human colonization on Mars. He has expressed his interest in someday traveling to the planet, stating “I’d like to die on Mars.” .
According to him a rocket every two years or so could provide a base for the people arriving in 2025 after a launch in 2024. He believes that latest by 2035 there will be thousands of rockets flying a million people to Mars, in order to enable a self-sustaining human colony.
Telstar 19V is one of the most exciting and interesting projects which is helping SpaceX shape the future of space exploration. Do let us know if you would want to know more about SpaceX’s projects like like sending a car into space etc. Share your thoughts in the comments section.
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