Here at TSTI, we’re proud to offer both online and onsite aeronautical engineering courses, so when something going on in space makes the news, we’re always glad to hear about it! Chances are that if you are also interested in understanding space and learning about how it relates to current events, you’ve heard about SpaceX. For those who are unfamiliar with this program, it was started by Elon Musk, famous for his involvement (and future sale of) PayPal.
Musk is also known for his work with Tesla, Inc. as the company’s CEO. Most recently, however, Musk has been talking about SpaceX which “designs, manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft” and which “was founded in 2002 to revolutionize space technology, with the ultimate goal of enabling people to live on other planets.”
Is That Even Possible?
With technology advancing at an incredible rate, the possibility of life on a planet other than Earth seems increasingly possible. Exactly how far away we are from that day is up for debate, but the fact remains that more and more people are teaming up to make what seems like science fiction a reality.
SpaceX has updated its plans to make living on Mars their mission and they are moving ahead at full speed. As a matter of fact, Elon Musk has even been quoted as saying he’d like to die on Mars (but just “not on impact”).
But how can we get people to Mars? And why would we want to do that in the first place? Well, to put it simply, many of the top scientists out there believe that life on Mars might just be a necessity. Of course this is likely going to be a necessity much further down the road, but many believe that having a “backup planet” is in humanity’s best interest. Perhaps, they posit, we will need somewhere to go in the event of a massive global natural disaster, or our population will simply grow too large for the Earth to sustain such a large group of people.
Either way, we’re talking about several years–perhaps decades or centuries–into the future.
What It Means for Us Now
Elon Musk’s “Interplanetary Transport System” was recently unveiled and with 42 engines, there were plenty of questions about how it would be used. To make it all possible, the SpaceX team even made plans for several refueling stations that would also be launched into space to ensure that the ITS would be well stocked with fuel for such a long journey.
Refueling in orbit means less mass during takeoff and a presumably much easier launch. This, of course, would be a necessity for making such a long journey that much simpler.
Still, plenty of research will need to be done in the months and years ahead as humans continue to strive for new and more innovative ways to reach these goals. Is it currently possible? No. But with plenty of innovative people striving to make a difference, the next big breakthrough might be just around the corner.
What Else Could This Technology Do?
Additionally, Musk has brought up the idea that this technology could drastically reduce the amount of time it takes to get from Point A to Point B here on Earth. For example, using the technology mentioned above, it would hypothetically be possible to take a space flight from Denver to Tokyo around half an hour. If that sounds too much like science fiction to you, chances are that we will get there someday. Whether it’s with SpaceX’s technology or something else remains to be seen, but the idea of traveling across the world in the amount of time it takes to get in your car and go through a drive through sounds pretty appealing to us.
Keep in mind that it takes a fairly significant amount of training for astronauts to be able to prepare for their time in space. They also plan to spend a large amount of time up there, but the fact remains that it could initially be a bit of an unpleasant experience for passengers. Still, the trade of a bit of discomfort for such a quick flight might be more than worth it.
At the end of the day, all we can do is wait and see what happens. One thing is for certain, however–technology continues to march forward and a better understanding of space travel can only benefit us.
You Can Make a Difference
By taking advantage of our onsite aeronautical engineering courses, you might even be able to get humans to Mars as well! Whether your training here gets you a job at SpaceX or somewhere else, we do believe that the better understanding we have of space can only enhance life on our planet.
With a number of onsite training courses to choose from at TSTI, we allow you to learn the subjects that interest you the most. Whether that means taking courses that could help you to make traveling to Mars a possibility or you have another interest entirely, there’s nothing we love more than providing our students with the tools they need to learn and succeed.
Perhaps best of all is that fact that you’ll be learning from the people who literally wrote the book on understanding space. Each of our instructors has been chosen specifically because of the experiences they’ve had and their ability to communicate and teach effectively. Sign up for a course today. Contact us with any questions you have and we’d be happy to answer them!