Elon Musk has once again left the competition behind in the new Space Race. And this time without a word: NASA has assigned two astronauts to SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft months after they trained for the spacecraft’s first manned launch. starliner from Boeingwhich has been delayed.”undefined“.
It may sound like a trifle, but the Starliner was Musk’s only real competition for orbital flight in the United States. With his aggressive strategy of rapid development and reuse of ships and missiles, Musk has gone from being the poor guy in the industry to being one step closer to becoming Galactic Emperor.
Boeing delays its ship ‘indefinitely’
Boeing had many problems with the Starliner. The program has experienced many delays as Musk has made steady progress with his Space Dragon 2. His first test flight – in December 2019 – was about to end in A complete disaster. The unmanned ship was automatically docked at the international terminal, but the control program – with Million lines of code – It was full of bugs and caused the ship to barely reach orbit. NASA canceled the docking and the spacecraft continued to encounter problems, saving itself on re-entry due to sheer luck.
The space agency ordered a safety investigation into Boeing and the troubleshooting process took 20 months. The company has pledged to conduct a second unmanned test mission at a cost 410 million dollars He paid out of his own pocket, but ran into problems again on the same launch pad.
Boeing’s problems launching a Starliner with guarantees will have serious repercussions. Ars Technica sources say that resetting this crew to SpaceX will be followed by others, which will see SpaceX launch until Four consecutive missions to the International Space Station.
Orion has problems too
Another problematic ship is the Orion, a key piece in the Artemis mission, and the first will take astronauts to the moon. The aircraft developed by the aviation giant Lockheed Martin seems to be riddled with errors delay their development It makes sense for the lunar mission.
SpaceX — which won a NASA competition to bring astronauts from the Orion spacecraft in lunar orbit to the surface of our satellite using the Starship spacecraft — says they can move forward with the spacecraft. Musk’s new ship Seems to be making good progress towards its first orbital flight but it still has a long way to go before it is ready for an interplanetary mission.
The disastrous absurdity of Blue Origin
blue origin, the only company that could theoretically have eclipsed SpaceX turned out to be a A real failure. Despite its sub-tropical cruise tours—touted with great fanfare despite not having any technological or historical significance—the company Jeff Bezos I still don’t take a ship into orbit.
Blue Origin is mired in many problems here on Earth. they The brightest engineers have left the company, not satisfied with Tantrum The billionaire is in court then, who sued NASA after he couldn’t win the lunar shuttle competition against SpaceX. other workers Denouncing toxic corporate culture, which also caused a drop out of school.
The last problem is more serious: 21 employees were harshly criticized Safety From Blue Origin Technology in an open letter. The message is so harsh that it triggered .’s inspection mechanisms US Federal Aviation Authority.
sure, Bezos is no match for a mask At the moment it wouldn’t be many years, no matter how hard he tried to get out Photo with William Shatner. The actor who played Captain Kirk in the original Star Trek series is aghast Board the ship that will launch you into a new PR game from Blue Origin.
China and Russia continue to use old technology
Then there are China and Russia, which continue to launch astronauts into orbit Fifties technology. Unlike SpaceX, both China and Russia continue to launch non-reusable spacecraft and rockets, with the high cost involved.
The Chinese are researching interplanetary travel technologies, such as Ion engines with nuclear reactors. But they still have several years (or decades) to make progress. I have no doubt that one day we will see a reusable Chinese rocket – cloned from those from SpaceX – but for now there is no substantial news about it except Chinese propaganda ads.
Meanwhile, the Russians continue to fail more and more and their rockets and space components have become a source of concern and concern for the entire international space community. Russia’s space program collapses Thanks to put it in – More worried about Develop weapons for doomsday – and his followers Dmitry Rogozin, A man whom every worker in the industry calls corrupt and incompetent who treats the Russian Space Agency as his own Cortigo.
The only hope of hitting Musk
The fact is that after Boeing, Musk no longer has a direct competitor to stop him from becoming The first space power And that will continue for years, even decades, unless China is a surprise or the major US airlines wake up from their slumber once and for all.
The only company that It can end SpaceX’s dominance is relativism. It hasn’t launched a single rocket yet, but this startup is working to outpace SpaceX on the left by radically changing the spacecraft manufacturing paradigm.
Its technology, as I have already said in these pages, “is the aerial equivalent of the revolution that Henry Ford introduced with the assembly line in the automobile industry” with “the giant 3D printers which turns aluminum into fuel tanks and engines.” Almost all parts of Relativity rockets are made by 3D printing. The smaller ones use lasers and alloys made on the spot from metallic powders to create fuel injectors and other machines that were once very complex and are now made from One piece.
It remains to be seen if it will succeed, but what is clear is that it will take more than iterations of existing technology to catch up and overtake SpaceX. To beat Musk, you have to play by its rules: Innovate radically without fear of failure.
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