SpaceX Fires Off Two Successful Launches in One Day

by Maggie Schneider

Elon Musk’s aerospace company SpaceX successfully launched two Falcon 9 rockets into space yesterday. These rockets are making history.

It has been a good weekend for Elon Musk’s SpaceX. Yesterday, the company launched two more Falcon 9 rockets into space. Becoming SpaceX’s most-flown rocket, this is the Falcon 9 booster’s 11th flight into orbit.

The rocket sent a new stack of 52 more Starlink satellites into space from California during this historic moment. Starlink is a “satellite internet constellation” that provides internet access to most of our planet. It currently includes over 1600 satellites and will include thousands more in the coming years.

This event marks the 17th Starlink launch of 2021. It also marks the 33rd Starlink launch overall. The SpaceX livestream footage catches the Falcon 9 blasting off at 7:41 a.m. EST from the Vandenberg Space Force Station in California. The Falcon 9 returns to Earth nine minutes later for a successful landing.

With SpaceX’s 98th successful landing under its belt, the company is excited to continue adding to its constellation.

Elon Musk: Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year”

Time Magazine gives the 2021 “Person of the Year” honor to SpaceX and Tesla founder Elon Musk. Calling him a “controversial billionaire,” the outlet gives readers an in-depth interview with the man himself. He shows his confidence in himself as well as his team at SpaceX.

“If we have ships and boosters but no engines, we would be losing billions of dollars a quarter,” he begins. “And if that continued, then bankruptcy would not be out of the question. I feel as though we’ve had many years of success, and a lot of people at the company have never seen a launch failure. A lot of people have never in their career experienced a recession. If somebody entered the workforce after 2009, it just seemed like things always go up. I was concerned that we may be getting complacent.”

The “richest man in the world” hopes to create an “automated future.” He suggests that advanced technology could mean total freedom for the human race.

“If there’s a utopia where people have access to any goods or services that they want, there’s plenty for everyone. If we have a highly automated future with the robots that can do anything, then any work you do will be because you want to do it, not because you have to do it. I don’t mean to suggest chaos, but rather that you’re not under anyone’s thumb.”

Time Magazine’s pick for their 2021 “Person of the Year” has sparked debates online. Some say that the award is earned, while others nominate Dolly Parton for the honor. Either way, nobody can discredit Musk’s ambition.