Since 2002, Elon Musk’s SpaceX has been at the forefront of the modern space race, aiming to revolutionize space travel through the development of reusable rockets and spacecraft. Musk started SpaceX with the goal of launching enough people and supplies to colonize Mars. And bit by bit this distant dream edges closer to reality, Space X has now delivered 30 humans to space.
Their most recent flight in May 2023 saw SpaceX transporting four private citizens on a commercial flight to the International Space Station. This was their the second ‘private astronaut mission’ aimed at opening the high frontier to commercial development.
Continued testing of Space X’s Starship rocket continues to captivate the masses. The largest and most powerful rocket to ever fly, the latest test of this (currently unmanned) rocket saw the vessel explode shortly after take-off this April 2023. However, this was still considered a success as it is a further step towards refining learning and design.
Unique and revolutionary, future versions of Starship could send more than 150 tons into orbit and land on the moon and Mars, fueling the new space race and further paving the way for tourism and colonization.