SpaceX is bringing a new engine rocket testing program to Stennis Space Center along with an incredible background thanks to its forward-thinking chief, Elon Musk.
Musk, the billionaire founder of PayPal, is CEO/CTO of SpaceX and CEO of Tesla Motors. Bloomberg Businessweek called Musk “the 21st century industrialist.”
Most recently he made headlines with his concept for the Hyperloop transportation system that would send travelers commuting through tubes at 700 miles an hour.
SpaceX is Musk’s third company, founded in 2002 with the formal name of Space Exploration Technologies Corporation. The mission is to build spacecraft for commercial space travel.
In 2012 SpaceX launched a rocket that sent the first commercial vehicle to the International Space Station.
At Stennis, SpaceX will test new methane rocket engines starting next year.
Also last week, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden visited the center to welcome employees back to work after the government shutdown.