Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Spaceships

New concepts developed by the company SpaceX may be mankind’s first step to colonizing Mars.

SpaceX, a company that designs, manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecrafts, saw significant economic savings by refusing an older Falcon 9 first stage in a launch party week. This will assist in the creation of reusable launch vehicles for better economic sense.

Falcon 9 is one of the programs created by SpaceX, along with the Dragon spacecraft family that delivers payloads into Earth orbit. The goal of this company is to reduce space transportation costs and eventually enable the colonization of Mars.

The president of SpaceX, Gwynne Shotwell, spoke at the 33rd Space Symposium on April 5, and said that the company expects to see great cost savings on future launches of reused Falcon 9 vehicles as the company reduces the amount of refurbishment work it needs to do. According to Shotwell, the company’s long term goal for first stage refurbishment is to turn the launch stage around within 24 hours for another launch.

“Looking forward for reusability, we don’t believe it really, really counts unless you can turn it around rapidly, or almost as rapidly, as you turn around an aircraft,” Shotwell said. “Our challenge right now is to refly a rocket within 24 hours. That’s when we’ll really feel like we’ve got reusability right.”

Some Antioch Community High School students are thrilled at the chance for mankind to expand their borders.

“Space is the final frontier,” sophomore Allison Hoffelder said. “Home of the starship enterprise.”