NASA has definitely used some truly inspiring names for their projects but thanks to Musk’s love of Science Fiction, SpaceX comes first in this naming game. The company’s Dragon spacecraft owes its namesake to the hit “Puff, Magic Dragon,” by Peter, Paul & Mary.
As for both the Falcon rockets, their names were given in honor of Star Wars. If anything, these names are meant as a defiant display in the face of Musk’s critics who consider his plans impossible.
If All Goes Well
Elon Musk alleges the operation would offer trips to Mars more affordable, announcing a ticket to Mars should cost approximately $200,000.
The brilliant CEO and inventor added that it's more reasonably priced compared to the traditional means which would cost about $10 billion. Various reports have mentioned, Musk stated that if all goes well, it could be achieved within about 10 years and cost approximately $10 billion to complete.
Sooner Than Expected
Musk has confessed the risks involved and even reckoned that accidents "will be expected," according to the news reports.
Nevertheless, there is the probability that people will eventually land on Mars, and if Elon Musk and his company are involved with this mission, it'll happen much sooner than we expect. Perhaps, best of all, some of us might also be able to go.
Building a Roller Coaster for SpaceX
It should come as no surprise that tech giants in Silicon Valley are doing their best when it comes to job perks, trying to outdo one another in a bid to keep their employees as happy as they can.
It now seems that Elon Musk is keen to join in on the game. He mentioned in his autobiography that he had been thinking about building an actual roller coaster ride inside his factories, just for his employees.
Global WiFi network
Another ambitious plan of his involves launching thousands of micro-satellites into Earth's orbit to initiate an international satellite internet network, which intends to bring quality WiFi to all corners of the earth.
More recently, the company obtained over $1 billion to finance the project from partners like Google and has also filed for a testing license to begin preparations.