Commercial Space Travel
- Hypothetical Timeline: 2030 to 2040
People like Elon Musk have been stating that commercial space travel is going to happen, the only question is “when” it will occur. Musk’s team at SpaceX has already figured out incredible things that even NASA had yet to accomplish, such as putting the first liquid-fueled rocket into space. They even made headlines in 2010 for being the first to launch a payload into orbit and return it to Earth completely intact. The United States and Russian governments cannot even say they did that.
They also sent a rocket into space in 2015 that landed upright and recovered a previously sent rocket, the first to do this. A lot of what SpaceX has proven is that space travel can be done at an inexpensive level, as long as the tech can be used multiple times and not just once. Now that we know it can, it is only a matter of knowing how we can take people up to space without it being a major issue. This will take time, but in 10 to 20 years, it’ll likely be happening regularly.