#SpaceX Falcon 9 explosion was a deadly, if not a death blow to the company. The mission sank before the countdown could begin and with it drowned many futuristic ambitions including the one Facebook pledged: deliver the internet access to low-access Saharans. Words of empathy hailed from the aerospace community, including #NASA and 45th Space Wing. The August blast did make the SpaceX wounded, but the company still has the arena. Yes, it is true; a successful CRS-8 mission would have made SpaceX the king of aerospace technologies, but tables have turned now.
It is reasonable to think that SpaceX is already anticipating the November mission’s failure. When an ignition is triggered to send a rocket into space, disaster is always a possibility. If the machine or human error could have been completely error-proofed, no one would have left their multi-million space flights to the chance. So much money even puts the importance of human lives in balance. So there’s nothing SpaceX can do to prevent the next Falcon 9 launch from exploding if it is its destiny. Period.
Where does that leave SpaceX?
If it were any other company head, I would have said that he is probably thinking about diverting their attentions to other projects to get out of the highly unrecoverable loss. Bigger tech giants like Google, Apple, Microsoft, and Facebook have bailed out on their ventures for lesser loss. But the decision maker in question is Elon Musk, expect fireworks.
We have seen Musk taking hard hits before, and at the time, the situation looked just as grim as it does after the last SpaceX rocket explosion. Musk, however, rose above all the failures and successfully became a champion in not just aerospace but automotive as well. If I was to anticipate his moves, the master entrepreneur is already thinking beyond November. He is focused on much further goals, even if it means going as far as #Mars.
Mars Mission could be the next adventure for SpaceX
Mars is the Holly Grail of all space missions. It is man’s destiny to set foot on Mars, but the big question is whose foot? For decades, NASA has served the world as the ultimate night-watch, but now the time has come to befriend the private resources to join the space race. Who would have thought the further reaches of entrepreneurship would put Elon Musk on the hot seat where he is thinking about sending a manned mission to Mars.
God forbid for the health of the poor man, if the November mission failed, all the money from Model 3 profits is going to building a cross-planetary trip capable Dragon spacecraft and a mightier Falcon 9. This does seem crazy given the tough circumstances, but on the positive side, with not much to hold on to, if SpaceX manages to land there before others, it would give SpaceX the kind of power depicted by Umbrella Corp in "Resident Evil" where the company seems to be more powerful than all the governments in the world. Or maybe it is an exaggeration. Maybe.
The possibilities are all there. November mission is a huge ray of hope; it could also be the last lifeline. NASA, like it has been before, could be the first to land on Mars; it could be the second. While the fate of SpaceX hangs in the balance, an unstoppable innovator would chase the impossible. Any other businessman in the right mind would do the opposite.