NASA’s space launch system is preparing for making rockets that can take the astronauts to deep space and Mars. Recently, the commercial space industry befriended NASA’s space agency towards a common goal.
The Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF)’s chairman of the board of directors, Alan Stern has openly claimed support for NASA missions. Whether it is Space or Blue Origin, Commercial Spaceflight Federation represents major organisations in the commercial space industry. This has completely revolutionised the future of commercial space flight. The private sector is slowly playing a big role in exploring space.
IN THE PAST
The private sector of space flights was the biggest opponents to the NASA’s space launch system. This included one of the biggest rival of NASA’s space launch system- SpaceX.
SpaceX, founded by Elon Musk, is a company that aims to make space transportation cheaper. The long-term goal of the company is to colonise Mars. Mars Oasis was the project that motivated the production of SpaceX. Falcon reusable rockets and Dragon spacecraft are being developed by SpaceX in order to send men to Mars.
The main aim is to create reusable cost efficient rockets for deep space exploration and establishment of a global communications network. It has a financial backup from NASA, US Air Force and some private cash. The company is kept private until the mission to Mars is successful.
The future of private sector has changed since the Commercial Spaceflight Federation has given support to NASA’s space launch system. The CSF finds various profits in developing NASA’s space launch system. This treaty marks a brighter future for commercial space flight.
In 2018, NASA has planned a rocket launch carrying a weight of above 70 metric tons to lower Earth orbit. NASA is planning to improve the lift capacity of the rocket and make it most powerful. However, the project is extremely costly to build. The project seemed to cover up a lot of NASA’s budget, leaving little money for new partnership projects with the private sector.
However, Alan Stern believes that new partnerships can be formed with the private sector. The commercial spaceflight, with a partnership with NASA, will be able to explore deep space. NASA can simply purchase spaceflight services from the private sector rather than building the vehicles completely. The deal is beneficial for both the ends. The private sector can explore deep space and make cost-efficient rockets, while NASA can use the launch system for taking the commercial space flights ahead.