Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk engages fans on a series of exchanges on Twitter about the ‘tonnage to orbit’ of all space launch vehicles from companies. Fans surprised the CEO with all the data gathered and compiled where SpaceX tops the list for 2020, having a massive gap against other space companies or agencies.
Elon Musk wins again with SpaceX’s new achievement that leads the polls and list for being the most used vehicle for payload cargo to space in 2020. SpaceX’s CEO proves dominance in the industry of space launch vehicles with its Falcon 9 to do the heavy lifting of not less than 60,000kg (132,277 lbs.) for both quarters of 2020.
These data are publicly available to the public; that’s why Elon Musk and SpaceX fans could gather and compile data. The data of SpaceX shows and suggests that the company is the most utilized and preferred in space travel, cargo, and payload for all needs. SpaceX has a total of 96 launches since 2010, with 2020 having the most launches seen in the company’s history.
SpaceX’s largest client is also a part of Elon Musk’s subsidiary company, Starlink, to provide more than 12,000 satellites to give the world convenient and fast broadband internet connections.
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The eccentric CEO engages fans on Twitter from the comical and meme spectrum down to the informative and knowledgeable side. Elon Musk is active in answering queries, talking to fortunate fans, enthusiasts, and even celebrities, and downright talking to people in the social media platform.
Elon Musk’s most recent conversation started a thread that discovered SpaceX’s standing in the world’s launches. A Twitter user named ‘rykllan’ (@_rykllan) tweeted a photo to Elon Musk that shows all of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Block 5 renders since 2018.
The photo and data grabbed the attention of Elon Musk, which led him to ask the ‘tonnage to orbit’ statistics for all launch vehicles. This question is immediately answered by a user named Pranay Prathole (@PPathole) that provided two images with data from the ten companies that launched in 2020, with SpaceX topping both Quarters One and Two of the year.
SpaceX dominated both lists, with notable gaps from other companies of more than 35,000 kg mass difference in Q1 against Arianespace and 26,000 kg more in Q2 against Chinese Aerospace Science & Technology Corp. (CASC).
The SpaceX CEO continued the thread by saying numbers do the talk for the companies’ capabilities and reliability. For Elon Musk, numbers matter and provide accurate data that can end all debates on specific issues.
Elon Musk adds that “Cumulative mass to orbit per year is the best comparative metric” in his opinionated take on the subject matter. The SpaceX CEO accounts for more of the vehicle’s reliability in its capacity to deliver cargo instead of other factors such as launch rates and re-entry successes.
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Written by Isaiah Alonzo