SpaceX: A Side Trip
Written By: Ben Lachman – PR and Marketing Assistant
On the second day they allowed us to explore LA for a bit. One of the attendees, an OSU student who had visited our Museum, invited me to visit SpaceX (Space Exploration Technologies Corporation) that is an American space transport company that was started by Elon Musk of Paypal and Tesla Motors.
A little background on Space X: They developed the Falcon 1 and Falcon 9 launch vehicles, both of which were designed from conception to eventually become reusable. SpaceX also developed the Dragon spacecraft to be flown into orbit by the Falcon 9 launch vehicle, initially transporting cargo and later planned to carry humans. SpaceX was fabricating falcon rockets and payload fairings when we visited. The futuristic office and state of the art factory is producing the future of space travel. Their Dragon Capsule was docked with the International Space Station in May 2012, and is going to replace the retired space shuttles. SpaceX had some neat technology, but the 3D printer stood out among them all. It could print intricately with Titanium. Some display items from the printer revealed the intricacy that the machine was capable of. The highlight of the tour was seeing the first Dragon Capsule, with burn marks from when it reentered the atmosphere.