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- The cost of a seat in Apollo Spacecraft was around 3000 crores, which Elon Musk has increased to 412 crores.
- SpaceX is America’s first crew spaceship to enter space orbit and land safely in Gulf of Mexico
SpaceX is America’s first crew spaceship that entered space orbit and landed safely in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday. The SpaceX Dragon capsule landed in the Gulf of Mexico carrying Dog Hurley and Bob Behenken. This has happened 45 years later, when NASA astronauts have landed at sea. Earlier the Apollo command module had landed at sea.
This mission is a major victory for Elon Musk’s SpaceX, as he has cut the cost of an astronaut going to space by about 2600 crores. A seat in the Apollo spacecraft cost $ 390 million (about Rs 3000 crore), which Elon Musk has raised to $ 55 million (about Rs 412 crore).
60 years of cheapest spacecraft
It was the cheapest spacecraft development effort in close to 60 years. An audit conducted by NASA in 2019 found that SpaceX’s price per seat is significantly lower than all previous programs, even Soyuz. Please tell that the cost per seat in Soyuz is 80 million dollars (about 600 crores).
Apollo most expensive spacecraft
According to the Planetary Society, a seat in the Apollo program cost $ 390 million (about Rs 3000 crore), while in the Space Shuttle the figure was $ 170 million (about Rs 1.2 thousand crore). NASA audits estimated that the cost per seat in the SpaceX Crew Dragon comes to $ 55 million (about Rs 412 crore), while in Boeing’s Starliner it goes up to $ 90 million (about Rs 675 crore).
Private company got a chance for the first time
This happened for the first time in history, when businessman Elon Musk’s private company SpaceX took a human into space. The mission was launched from the US on 31 May. This was the world’s first private space human mission. The program is being run under an agreement between SpaceX and the US space agency NASA.
The American wants to remove Russia’s dependence to send its astronauts to space. Also, its cost has been very important in launching SpaceX. NASA contracted with SpaceX and Boeing under a program called Commercial Crew to develop a new spacecraft. NASA awarded $ 3.1 billion to SpaceX and $ 4.8 billion to Boeing