TechTuesday – SpaceX Moon Excursion 


Happy TechTuesday ya filthy animals, and welcome back to The Center of Gravity. Please make sure your tray tables are in their upright and locked position and get ready for something interesting. 

Elon Musk’s venture SpaceX has just announced they will be sending two tourists on a trip around the moon. This seems relatively ambitious considering the time table they have committed to ( 2018 ) as well as the fact that Musk has a bit of an issue making deadlines he sets for his companies performance. Regardless, the trip is going to be immensely expensive ( ~the ballpark of $130m) and clearly for some ultra-wealthy pair looking for an out of this world experience. 

I can foresee this type of odyssey becoming extremely popular in the near future, as Russian Soyuz rockets have already taken tourists to the ISS (albeit at a hefty price tag of millions of dollars.) It will be interesting to see if society shows a greater interest in Low-Earth orbit or for potentially longer ( and more dangerous) treks to the moon and beyond. The big question comes down to who can afford such a journey initially. 

Until the cost of admission is something within an acceptable zone, this journey will be exclusively for the Uber Elite. In my opinion, until they are able to increase the number of paying passengers to ~100/ trip, even those in the upper echelons of America will have trouble footing such a bill. The advent of the reusable rocket booster ( also developed by SpaceX and Musk) was a watershed moment for fledgling industry as a whole. 
Please let me know what you think of SpaceX or Musk so we can talk more about this exciting progress into commercial space travel! 
-Nick

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