‘SpaceX comes out on top.’ Elon Musk’s billionaire space race victory over Richard Branson
Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, has already won the billionaires’ space race, according to an expert, and his main challengers, Sir Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos, are leagues behind.
One of the major success stories has been SpaceX’s quick climb to the forefront of the spaceflight business. The company has established itself as a pioneer in the reusable rocket market, led by South African entrepreneur and internet magnate Elon Musk. However, a new space race is begun, sponsored by the world’s wealthiest individuals, and few would want SpaceX to rest on its laurels.
This month, two space tourism businesses launched their first crewed flights, bringing the billionaires’ space race to a close.
With the launch of his Virgin Galactic firm’s Unity 22 mission on July 11, Sir Richard Branson, the Virgin empire mogul, assumed the throne.
On July 20, he was followed by Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon and Blue Origin, who flew to the edge of space aboard his New Shepard rocket.
Both trips were heralded as watershed moments for the space tourism and spaceflight sectors, with both billionaires promising to make space accessible to everyone.
Nonetheless, some commentators argue that the pomp and enthusiasm surrounding these launches conceals an obvious truth: SpaceX has already won the space race.
After all, SpaceX was the world’s first commercial corporation to launch humans into orbit, with three missions to the International Space Station (ISS) to far.
The services provided by Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin, according to Dr. Robert Massey, astronomer and Deputy Executive Director of the Royal Astronomical Society, are “a wealthy kid’s playground” when contrasted to SpaceX’s launch capabilities.
Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo rocket-powered spaceplane only went to an altitude of roughly 53 miles when it launched earlier this month (86km).
Meanwhile, Blue Origin’s New Shepard sailed 62 miles (100 kilometers) above the Karman Line, the globally recognized space border.
On the 1961 Vostok 1 flight, the first man in space, Yuri Gagarin, traveled twice as high as Virgin Galactic.
Meanwhile, SpaceX has developed the ability to launch crewed flights more than 250 miles (402 kilometers) into orbit on a regular basis, and is being closely watched by Boeing as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.
“Although it has been portrayed as spaceflight, basically Elon Musk has.” Brinkwire Summary News, said Dr. Massey.