To the ISS and Past
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk hasn’t gotten a lot sleep this weekend. However true to type, he’s already dreaming of one thing much more formidable.
“To be frank, I’m a bit of emotionally exhausted,” Musk stated at a post-launch press convention at 4 o’clock within the morning on Saturday. “As a result of that was tremendous aggravating. However it labored, up to now.”
The personal house firm has achieved lots inside the final 48 hours. Their futuristic passenger spacecraft Crew Dragon launched early Saturday morning from the Kennedy House Heart and efficiently docked autonomously with the Worldwide House Station some 26 hours later.
If all goes nicely, two astronauts will fly on board the spacecraft to the ISS as quickly as July.
Past Earth’s Orbit
However, as anticipated, Musk has a lot greater plans — for touring to past Earth’s orbit. “We must always have a base on the moon, like a completely occupied human base on the moon, after which ship folks to Mars,” Musk stated on the press occasion. “Perhaps there’s one thing past the house station, however we’ll see.”
The Starship Enterprise
Earlier this yr, Musk admitted that he needed to get to the Moon – and “as quick as attainable,” he wrote in a Jan 31 tweet.
The automobile that would fulfill that dream: the chrome steel monstrosity dubbed Starship. However getting Starship to the Moon might be a a lot tougher feat to tug off than any NASA venture ever.
“It received’t be straightforward for us or SpaceX,” Walt Engelund, director of House Know-how and Exploration Directorate at NASA, informed Enterprise Insider in a February interview.