Thank you SpaceX, for keeping the final frontier exciting. SpaceX’s CTO Elon Musk recently announced at a recent press conference that his organization has finally designed a viable launch vehicle that’s extremely cost-effective. For now, let it be called the Reusable Launch vehicle or RLV.
If it’s ever going to be put into production, the RLV costs a fraction of what previous launch rockets did. A fraction, ladies and gentlemen. That’s what makes it so radical. Because if something like the RLV doesn’t become a solution to delivering payloads up to orbit, then might as well place bulk orders on the more common Soyuz rockets.
Elon Musk believes that if the RLV does get built for actual testing–to date it has only survived computer simulations–then it could pave the way for eventual space travel. Not that it will deliver humans to distant stars (SpaceX has a strange fixation on colonizing Mars), but it allows enough hardware to be built above us so a long term space program can be executed.
It would be great if SpaceX becomes more enterprising and goes around shopping for clients who are willing to invest in rocket building. There should be more than a dozen cash rich states in the world today who wouldn’t mind a fledgling space program. If the RLV doesn’t work, why, there’s always the Gerald Bull supergun option available. What ever happened to that?