Elon Musk is one of the most powerful and influential people in the world. He made billions of dollars in the world of technology. He has used this money to start a variety of businesses. He has a passion for space exploration. This caused him to create SpaceX. This is a commercial space exploration company with the stated purpose of one day helping people to colonize Mars. That goal is many years away from being plausible. However, the company made a big step forward recently with the successful launch of the Falcon Heavy rocket. The launch was meant as a test to see if the powerful rocket will be able to carry large amounts of cargo into space at some point in the future.
There was one glitch during the launch. The rocket got into space without any problems. However, the trajectory was not what it was supposed to be. Elon Musk is also the founder of the Tesla car company. The rocket was trying to launch a Tesla car into orbit around Mars. The car did not go in the right direction. As a result of this, the car will not be headed towards an asteroid field. The car is sending back video that people are able to watch online. Experts are wondering how long the car will last since it is being exposed to all of the harsh elements of space.
The successful launch of the SpaceX rocket is a huge step forward for commercial space companies. Richard Branson, the billionaire founder of the Virgin Group, has a commercial space company called Virgin Galactic. It remains to be seen if Branson will be following in the footsteps of SpaceX by launching rockets into space. The bottom line is that there is definitely a market for commercial space companies. In fact, NASA has already gone into business with SpaceX. NASA has contracted SpaceX to transport some of their astronauts into space. However, no time frame has been determined as to when that will happen.
Elon Musk has not said what the next mission will be for SpaceX. Scientists will be studying the data that the camera attached the the Tesla car will be sending back. Musk still hopes to see a manned trip to Mars in his lifetime. However, the technology for such a mission is still not where it needs to be for that trip to be successful.