On several occasions, Cyceon stressed on the fact that very much remained to do for SpaceX to become a real and credible player in the satellite and space business.
After several unfruitful attempts to launch satellites and/or achieve the feat of recovering re-usable rocket parts in the past, Elon Musk’s SpaceX has lately achieved real progress in its competitive endeavor. CBS News pointed out that SpaceX has launched 10 Falcon 9s rockets and recovered seven booster stages so far this year.
On July 5, 2017, SpaceX announced the “successful deployment of (Boeing-built) Intelsat 35e (communications satellite) to a geostationary transfer orbit”, once again using a Falcon 9 rocket. With “only one chance to get it right” as Musk wrote, this launch – the third successful one in two weeks – was quite critical for SpaceX’s future as it struggled to advance its projects as quick as it wished.
Also, SpaceX will likely be facing growing competition in the future especially from less media-exposed Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin. However, SpaceX’s latest achievements have sent a clear message to space industry giants like the world’s leading satellite launch company Arianespace that Musk’s company works hard at progressively becoming a viable, cheaper solution for the satellite industry.