Is SpaceX the most technologically advanced company in space?

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Short answer: Yes. SpaceX is the most technologically advanced company in space through AI, low-cost liquid propulsion engines, and reusable/retrievable launch vehicles.

Elon Musk founded SpaceX in 2002 as a Space Exploration Technologies Corporation with the pursuit of producing low-cost space travel and colonizing Mars. It is constantly leading innovation and setting new benchmarks.

SpaceX develops its own cost efficient propulsion engines[edit]

SpaceX has revolutionized the space market by manufacturing low-cost orbital rockets, reusable orbital launchers, and cargo spaceships that transport NASA astronauts to international space stations. The cost reductions are mostly attributed to reusable propulsion rockets and landing boosters.

Significant achievements of SpaceX in rocket technology are:

  • First orbital rocket - Falcon 1
  • First small self-landing test rocket - Grasshopper
  • First reusable orbital launcher - Falcon 9
  • First cargo spaceship - Dragon C2+
  • Ultra heavy-lift launch vehicle - Falcon Heavy[1]
SES-10 Mission - Falcon 9 First Stage Landing
SES-10 Mission - Falcon 9 First Stage Landing CC BY: SpaceX

SpaceX is using AI to optimize and automate space travel and to keep its satellite network safe[edit]

SpaceX uses the most advanced technologies, such as AI artificial intelligence, to navigate rockets to the international space station (ISS). SpaceX utilizes AI-powered autopilot software to ensure the safety of rockets and their occupants from launch till docking at the ISS.

The AI autopilot navigates by calculating weather, flight pattern, fuel efficiency, and other variables that might affect the flight. The AI uses this information to determine spaceflight's safest and quickest flying route.

Once the spacecraft reaches the intended destination, the autopilot uses computer vision and convex optimization methods to select the optimal landing location for the capsule.

AI also monitors SpaceX's satellite trajectory and navigation.[2]

SpaceX is the first company to achieve low orbit return and several other milestones[edit]

SpaceX is the first and only firm to reuse its spaceship entirely. It employs SpaceX's indigenous Raptor engines, fueled by liquid methane and oxygen. With the aid of its Starlink satellites, space x can also deliver Internet access to isolated, far-flung areas of Earth (Africa).

SpaceX has developed a reusable Falcon 9 rocket that allows the return and vertical landing for space shuttles. Falcon 9 is a capable rocket that can haul over twenty-two tons of payload into space.[3]

SpaceX is the first private space company to launch humans into orbit and retrieve them successfully. SpaceX also uses this ability for space tourism. There are three confirmed announcements from SpaceX concerning private trips to space and moon orbit. One of the trips, dubbed Inspiration4, successfully took place in September 2021.[4]

SpaceX is outperforming NASA in orbital launches[edit]

While NASA is a public-funded program primarily dedicated to scientific discoveries, it is lagging in AI innovation, cost-effectiveness, and rocket technology from SpaceX, a commercial spaceflight venture.

NASA's launch may cost upwards of US dollar two billion while SpaceX achieves the same for under US dollar 100 million. NASA utilizes SpaceX rockets for various purposes. NASA is still a leader in space exploration that spans space beyond earth and moon orbits.[5]

SpaceX advancement in spaceflights is reflected in its valuation[edit]

SpaceX has received around US dollar 1.5 billion in its most recent investment round. This latest funding values SpaceX at over US dollars 125 billion, a vote of confidence from the investors.

SpaceX is also willing to purchase shares from existing equity holders, allowing present and past employees to cash out. The buyback shows that the company is confident in maintaining its lead in the spaceflight industry.[6]


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