By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer
SpaceX is flexing its rocket tech muscle again, as it continues showing its competitors Lockheed Martin and Boeing that they won’t be able to control the USA’s space industry for long with their United Launch Alliance (ULA). Founder Elon Musk recently challenged the ULA to a duel, basically calling them uninventive cowards who hide behind absolute ownership of the government’s space contracts, and he certainly seems to have the ingenuity to put some bite in his bark.
If his recently unveiled Dragon V2 rocket is anything to go by, the ULA is definitely in trouble, because Musk is ready to take astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) and back with this latest model. He’s not stopping there either, as Musk is already setting his sights on making a human Mars colony.
The Dragon V2, which Musk showed off with a live webcast, will be reusable. That’s huge, because it means the government could save millions upon millions by not having to make new rockets every time they finish a mission in space. Able to reenter Earth’s orbit and control its descent like a helicopter, the Dragon V2 is primed and ready for action.
SpaceX has already launched 3 of its 12 scheduled missions to the ISS as part of a $1.6 billion contract with NASA, and Musk is showing that his private space company will continue bucking the space industry like it has for the past 12 years.
Images courtesy of SpaceX.