Dragon visits ScopeX
By Chris Stewart
Perhaps you are wondering how come the ScopeX 2012 garments sported a Dragon mission patch?
Let me tell you a story…
“Once upon a time” (as the saying goes -
After gaining a bachelor’s degree in Economics, he quickly followed up with one in Physics. He was particularly drawn to three areas of interest: the Internet, Clean Energy, and Space. In 1995 with his brother Kimbal, he started Zip2, a company which provided online content publishing software for news organisations. Four years later this was sold for $307M in cash and $34M in stock options. In 1999 he co-
Later that year, Elon founded his next company, Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) to develop, manufacture and operate space launch vehicles. ScopeX was 1 year old by then.
The company's first two launch vehicles are the and Falcon 9 rockets and its first spacecraft is Dragon. On 23 December 2008, SpaceX was awarded a $1.6 billion NASA contract for 12 flights of their Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station, replacing the Space Shuttle after it retired in 2011.
Initially, Falcon 9/Dragon will replace the cargo transport function of the Shuttle and astronaut transport will be handled by the Soyuz. However, SpaceX has designed Falcon 9/Dragon with astronaut transport in mind.
In seven short years, SpaceX designed the family of Falcon launch vehicles and the Dragon multi-
SpaceX's goals include simultaneously lowering the price of orbital spaceflight and improving reliability, both by an order of magnitude, while creating the first fully reusable orbital launch vehicle. In the coming years, SpaceX will focus on delivering astronauts to the International Space Station, but Elon has stated his personal goal of eventually enabling human exploration and settlement of Mars. In a 2011 interview, he said he hopes to send humans to Mars' surface within 10–20 years.
On May 25, 2012, the SpaceX Dragon capsule docked with the ISS, making history as the first commercial company to launch and dock a vehicle to the International Space Station. The ISS crew were happy to get supplies delivered, and to pack their junk in the capsule to be returned to Earth.
Dragon then made its way home, braving the intense heat of re-
To commemorate this marvellous achievement, ScopeX asked SpaceX if we could this year use the mission patch for the Dragon spacecraft’s historic mission as an emblem, and permission was graciously granted for us to do so. Wear it with pride to show the world what South African dreamers can do when they set their heart to it.
The story is not quite over. Elon also co-