Why isn’t musk in a hurry to go to space? The SpaceX timeline highlights a huge difference from the blue origin


Tencent technology news on July 27, as the CEO of SpaceX, a US space exploration technology company, Elon Musk can be regarded as one of the key figures in the modern commercial space competition, but in fact, he has not been to space himself. This situation may eventually change, but SpaceX’s alternative and timetable for space tourism can explain why musk has not yet entered space and its huge difference from the origin of blue.
This month, two high-profile founders of space companies made headlines for going to space in person. On July 11, Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Galactic, a space tourism company, personally carried out the company’s first manned mission. The spacecraft reached an altitude of 53.5 miles (86 kilometers) before returning to earth. Nine days later, the founder of the blue origin company flew 107 miles.
On July 20, 2021, Oliver Damon, Jeff Bezos, Wally Fink and mark Bezos entered space aboard the blue origin new Shepard spacecraft and posed for photos near the booster
Has musk ever been into space?
No, musk himself has not entered space. According to American regulations, both Bezos and Branson flew over the Carmen line of the space boundary. Both companies specialize in suborbital space tourism, and passengers can experience weightlessness for a few minutes before returning to earth. This is very different from SpaceX’s orbital flight and helps explain why musk hasn’t gone to space himself.
So far, it is not clear that musk has reached the maximum height from the ground. The maximum altitude of his Gulfstream G550 private aircraft is 51000 feet (about 15.5 kilometers), which is far lower than the space boundary (62 miles or 100 kilometers) recognized by many organizations. Although Musk’s plane has no chance to enter space in the short term, he has no plan to take SpaceX, and for good reasons.
Does musk plan to go into space?
At least at the time of writing, musk had no plans to go to space. However, he has expressed his desire to go to space on many occasions:
In 2013, musk said at the “south by Southwest” Music Festival: “I want to die on Mars, but I just don’t want to die on impact.” He reiterated this in December 2020. In 2018, musk said that “maybe” he would accompany Japanese billionaire youyou Maezawa on a trip around the moon. The latter plans to travel to the lunar orbit with eight passengers in a starship as early as 2023.
SpaceX is currently developing its interstellar spacecraft to support future manned missions to Mars. The company aims to launch its first manned mission as early as around 2025. This means that musk may enter space sometime in the next decade. Since the moon is nearly 400000 kilometers away from the earth, musk may also enter more distant space earlier than Bezos or Branson.
On April 16, 2021, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket was ready to launch NASA’s second commercial manned mission
Why hasn’t musk gone into space yet?
Bezos and Branson have gone into space, but musk has not, but this fact may explain the huge differences between these companies.
As part of NASA’s commercial astronaut program, SpaceX developed its manned space capsule, the manned dragon spacecraft. This is to develop a method of transporting astronauts to and from the international space station. After NASA’s space shuttle program ended in 2011, the agency had to rely on Russian spacecraft taking off from Kazakhstan to go into space. SpaceX successfully achieved this goal. In the first manned flight in May 2020, SpaceX will send NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the space station.
Virgin Galactic and blue origin have very different driving forces in the development of manned space capabilities. The two companies plan to provide suborbital space tourism services to give those who have enough money to buy tickets a chance to experience weightlessness for a few minutes. Sending the founder into space shows that going into space is an interesting experience only once in a lifetime.
But SpaceX and its manned mission have different goals. In addition, SpaceX also plans to send ordinary citizens into space, but even these early missions will mainly focus on completing experiments or charity work. This includes the inspiration4 mission in September 2021 and the AX-1 mission no earlier than January 2022. Musk may go into space at some point, but that’s not a priority for the company´╝ł Tencent Technology (reviser / Jinlu)