Elon Musk’s SpaceX is all set for more action as some innovative start-ups have joined hands to help accomplish the highly-anticipated Mars expedition as early as 2022.
The race to launch crew members into space gains further momentum as a slew of start-ups work on building new parachutes for a safe landing, reusable rocketry and more.
According to Tech Crunch, here is the first look at the ongoing tests and mission-critical equipment in the making for the upcoming Mars expedition:
Crew Dragon’s Mission-Critical Parachute Tests
SpaceX is busy developing new iterations of the parachutes that will help Crew Dragon land safely on Earth after the space mission is accomplished. The third iteration of the special-purpose parachute system has just completed 13 successful tests in a row.
A series of successful parachute tests have renewed our hope for flying astronauts into space as early as next year.
SpaceX and Boeing Set for Capsule Abort Tests
SpaceX and Boeing are all set to kick-off two separate mission-critical tests early this week. The former will be testing a static fire of its capsule abort engines while the latter will perform a pad abort test around the same time.
The ongoing developments will surely boost our hopes in the run-up to the upcoming space mission that’s spearheaded by SpaceX.
In-Space Manufacturing for Higher Cost Savings
Launching mission-critical components into space are both expensive and time-consuming. The alternative is to find ways of reusing components or adopting in-space manufacturing techniques to reduce costs.
Consequently, SpaceX and Blue Origin are pursuing reusable rocketry to eliminate wastages and enable higher cost savings with new technical possibilities.
Revamping Economics of Satellite Propulsion
Satellite propulsion has predominantly been an expensive affair, given the challenges of gravity and scalability factors that are further complicated by burn rates.
Nevertheless, Morpheus Space has unleashed a new “Lego-like” satellite propulsion system that will be cost-effective, compact and scalable to serve any type of satellite needs.
Dev Kits for Toaster-Sized Satellites
Ultra-portable satellites are already in the making as Kepler is offering a developer kit for its toaster-sized IoT communications satellites. Smaller and highly compact satellites can fit in a tiny space, reduce the weight of the payload, and thereby reduce the costs for mission-critical components.
Northrop Grumman Gears Up for ISS Resupply Mission
Northrop Grumman has launched a resupply cargo capsule on Saturday to enable shipment of supplies and scientific material for the ISS.
Although there is no word on the exact contents being shipped aboard the cargo capsule, it is learnt that twelve containers of red wine have made their way on board, courtesy of the startup Space Cargo Unlimited.