Readers of a certain age might remember a computer game called ‘Lunar Lander’, where you had to use your keyboard to manoeuvre a spaceship onto a planet’s surface without destroying it. Not easy.
Well, Elon Musk – boss of SpaceX – managed it in real life this week. The company launched a rocket into space, dropped off a few satellites, and then made a smooth landing back on earth. Obviously it’s not the first time a space vehicle has made it back to earth, but as the Wall Street Journal put it, “the gentle landing… marked the first time any large rocket has managed a controlled recovery after delivering a payload into orbit.”
It might sound geeky, but in the long run, reusable rockets would be “a game changer for the space industry”. They’ll make the whole business cheaper and in turn, render “space accessible to an array of companies and researchers that currently can’t afford to get into orbit.”
MoneyWeek have written up on this this month and will continue on the topic next year.
Let there be no Star Wars!
In the equation are new space stations most probably and therefore a whole galactical space where ‘things’ can be manufactured off and out in a neutral atmosphere. What kind of industries and cities can they be?
24 December 2015