Elon Musk’s latest new toy is the Space X Dragon. This fire breathing creature might allow America to finally put people in space again after the dreadful decision to retire the space shuttle with no replacement in sight. Here is what the latest 7 passenger space minivan looks like.
What’s really cool about this ship is that it is reusable. It can take-off and land vertically and no longer needs to land in a huge body of salt water. The other thing I like about this ship is the redundant safety features. The ship has two Superdraco engines with 16000 pounds of thrust – either of which can land the vehicle. If both fail, a parachute would unfold that would allow for a safe landing.
I watched a video by Elon Musk in which he said the most important thing in business (as it is in physics) is to “go back to first principles.” otherwise you are just copying what everyone else is doing. In this case, he is talking about dramatically lowering the cost per seat by reusing the vehicle. The Russians are currently charging us 70 million per seat. Elon thinks that with a little reliable volume, he can reduce this to single digits.
Thank you Mr. Tesla for getting America back in the game. Lets’ get crackin’ to put a colony on the moon and finally get started on Mars as well. A little global warming there would do the red planet a world of good. More on terraforming Barzoom later.