The reality is that for the first time in 30 years the United States has no way of its own to launch astronauts into space. It is the end of an era. So, if the United States no longer is supporting a space program then what is an American child supposed to dream of being? JayZ or Byonce? Those two are good but I don’t think they will be historic. Where did the American pride and expertise go to in investing in the countries future? President Kennedy would be angry to see how far the nation’s priorities have changed. Hey, you can’t even find a Kennedy anymore!
America’s space program has retired the space shuttle last summer and now has to pay its old rival Russia to fly American Astronauts into space. Why isn’t the government funding our space program any more? Musk is one of the contenders trying to get a government contract to build America’s next manned space craft. He believes he has a good chance of getting it.
Now our space program is controlled by commercial development. One of the companies looking for that contract is Spacex. Musk is the founder and CEO. He is 40 years old, and is worth $2 Billion dollars. He is not your typical corporate CEO. As a teen he wrote computer games growing up in South Africa, then he went to silicone valley where he became one of the most successful entrepreneurs by becoming the co-founder of Pay Pal.
Musk made 3 trips to Russia trying to buy an intercontinental ballistic missal, basically a space ship and wanted to send it to Mars with a green house on it and take pictures to send to earth. Kind of weird! This guy belongs in a Sci-Fi movie playing the part of the eccentric rich guy trying to control the world. And, the government lets him! Thank goodness the spaceship was so expensive that it never flew.
So, he decided that the only affordable way to go is to build his own space ship and founded his company Spacex. He had poured $100 Million dollars of his own money into the project. He goes blindly into the rocket business never building one before and not knowing anything about rockets. He would have to be insane to think the odds were in his favor.