They’re having a party over at SpaceX!
It has been a very fruitful and successful week for Elon Musk’s SpaceX as it accomplished milestone after milestone last week. And in recognition of his whole company’s hard work and effort, employees were awarded a day-off last Friday and were out to celebrate a long weekend ahead of them.
As Michael Sheetz of CNBC reports, the day-off is officially dubbed “Crew Mission Holiday”. This was named after the company’s Crew Dragon mission successfully landed back on Earth carrying with it astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley from their months-long stay in the International Space Station.
Just two days after the successful return of the Crew Dragon craft, the company was able to successfully launch its latest prototype, the SN5, which sets a new era for the next generation of SpaceX rockets the company plans to launch soon. This is a step closer to Musk’s grand plan of having a reusable rocket which massively cuts the costs (with only fuel costs taking up a large chunk).
To wrap off the good mojo the company has experienced last week, Space X has also launched its tenth batch of satellites to make his Starlink dreams to reality. The Falcon 9 carried it with her as she launched to space on Friday, August 7.
As of date, there are almost 600 satellites in space which will serve as the backbone for the company’s space-based internet service, Starlink. This is still a far cry from the company’s grand plan of having more than 12,000 satellites to have the whole show up and running. The company is now rolling out details of its beta program and is seen to provide its services to residents of the northern United States and southern Canada. Coverage of other areas will soon follow suit by next year.