The SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Just Completed its 40th Successful Flight

Friday, 25 August 2017 - 7:40PM
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Friday, 25 August 2017 - 7:40PM
The SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Just Completed its 40th Successful Flight
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Elon Musk must be very pleased with himself at the moment. His plans for commercial space flight are gaining steam, as his Falcon 9 spaceship has now completed its 40th successful mission.

Musk's SpaceX company is making headway in a lot of areas of corporate space travel, having recently unveiled their funky sci-fi spacesuits for commercial tourists to wear once vacations to outer space become more commonplace. In the meantime, the launch of the Falcon 9 - which contained a Taiwanese satellite to be sent into orbit - shows that Musk's for-profit space travel business is definitely proving to be a success.

SpaceX only began sending up rockets a little under a year ago, but in that time, the company has hauled a lot of important cargo and people up into space, including the ashes of deceased space-lovers. With so many missions now under their belt, things seem to be running smoothly for the entire company.

My favorite pic from today's launch

A post shared by Elon Musk (@elonmusk) on




To his credit, Musk hasn't lost any enthusiasm for space travel after forty successful flights. The tech entrepreneur took the opportunity to post a series of photos that he took at the Falcon 9's launch, marveling at the joy of seeing something shoot up on a rocket.

It's easy to see why watching a rocket launch isn't going to run out of novelty any time soon - even if, according to Musk himself, the entire Falcon 9 is only actually the size of a carrot. He might've meant "a human would appear to be the size of a carrot next to my rocket," but it's an odd comparison and regardless, that's not how Twitter took it:



What's good news for Musk and his (totally not) carrot-sized spaceship is good for anyone who's ever dreamed of traveling the stars. SpaceX is making a lot of headway in what will no doubt be an increasingly lucrative industry by providing space flights for anyone with the money to pay for them, and while this sometimes means something rather dry like a satellite launch, we're also going to soon see the world's rich and powerful taking trips to space for fun aboard SpaceX's Dragon 2.

Give it a few decades, and with any luck, these vacation packages will be affordable enough for us common-folk to reasonably manage. That said, it's probably best to wait for a Groupon, because rocket fuel isn't exactly cheap.

In the meantime, at least we can enjoy Elon Musk's photos of the successful Falcon 9 launch, and dream of what might be possible if the current development of commercial space flight continues to progress in its current direction.




One day soon, this could be us, strapped to a tall reusable rocket, blasting off into the cosmos in order to finally get a chance to see the stars. Hopefully by that point, Elon Musk will have invested in a spaceship that's a little bigger than a carrot.
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