- At 4pm EST (1pm GMT), Elon Musk is going to reveal new information about his commercial spaceflight company.
- It’s expected that the revelation will touch upon the development of the dragon crew capsule, which is meant to fly on the Falcon 9, the mission to Mars, or new developments in reusable rocketry.
This year has already been a rather epic one for SpaceX and Elon Musk, and it’s only February. Just last week, we saw the Falcon 9’s third successful landing on solid ground, a landing which took place alongside SpaceX’s first commercial rocket launch from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.
The significance of these reusable rocket landings cannot be overstated.
Successfully reusing boosters is a critical part of bringing down the cost of launches, as we won’t have to build a completely new rocket for every single mission. According to SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell, reusability is expected to lower the cost of launches by a staggering 30 percent.
This would allow for more frequent launches and, as a result, faster progress in both commercial spaceflight and our off-world research and exploration. But it seems that Elon Musk has something else up his sleeve.
SpaceX announcement tomorrow at 1pm PST
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 27, 2017
“SpaceX announcement coming at 1 p.m. PST,” Musk wrote on Twitter yesterday. If you need some translation, that means that the reveal is set for 4 p.m. EST (2100 GMT).
Unfortunately, SpaceX representatives won’t say anything more than simply “stay tuned.” As a result, speculation abounds. Do they have an update on their mission to get humans Mars? News about the development of the Falcon Heavy rocket? Are they launching a new kind of program? Do they have a new major contract?
We will have to wait until this afternoon to see.