Elon Musk’s SpaceX project appears to have hit a stumbling block after he hinted that his team will produce smaller rockets than those planned to take large groups to Mars.
What has made the billionaire stand out are his promises of innovative modern technologies that can change the course of humanity…
SpaceX plans originally included a rocket of 12-meters in diameter with 42 individual rockets that could ferry at least 100 passengers to the red planet. Musk recently suggested that the rocket will now be just 9-meters in diameter and only capable of carrying a much smaller load. Experts say the new rocket will leave the engines with almost half the mass, and a considerably smaller number of rockets – estimated at 21.
According to Engadget, SpaceX’s latest move is more feasible on many levels. The new rocket size will cut costs, eliminate issues surrounding production, as well as reduce technical complexity and mass. Weight is, of course, the most important criteria when considering spaceflight.
Musk has previously said that his main challenge would be to find a facility big enough to enable his team to build rockets of substantial size. There’s no doubt that the new 9-meter rocket will be a much easier design to produce. Although it’s not the 12-meter giant originally planned, the new 9-meter design still leaves the 3.7-meter Falcon 9 rocket very much in the dust. It remains to be seen whether the SpaceX project comes to fruition. It’s highly unlikely that the 2019 manned test flight will become a reality at the current pace of production.
Although Musk is managing to make some headroom with his many technologically advanced projects, he’s fast becoming known as an overambitious dreamer who can’t deliver. Experts say the fundamental basics of his projects are good ones, but they aren’t unique.
From solar roof panels and vehicle transport models to new train designs and space missions, organizations around the world are delivering similar projects. What has made the billionaire stand out are his promises of innovative modern technologies that can change the course of humanity, but he hasn’t been able to deliver on these ‘super human’ ambitions yet.
Falcon 9, Hyperloop, Tesla, Musk Has a Lot on His Plate
In May, a highly secret launch mission performed for the US National Reconnaissance Office saw the Falcon 9 successfully launch and land at Cape Canaveral. Although the project is progressing, it’s proving slow and is extremely behind schedule.
Musk’s Hyperloop One train project recently underwent tests at its development plant in Nevada, but only reached a maximum speed of 70mph. He predicts speeds will reach 760mph when launched, but the project is delayed.
The entrepreneur recently scrapped plans for his Red Dragon capsule altogether, but promises something much better will take its place. His solar roof tile project is beginning to bubble under the surface, with operation and staffing issues evident across the organization.
Finally, his Boring Company recently unveiled plans for an underground car sled that will supposedly cut congestion by more than half. However, critics laughed at proposals that will see construction work congest roads even further, queues to enter the tunnels causing major traffic issues, and costs which will hit epic proportions.