After successfully launching the first recycled rocket into space and then recovering it (again) later, SpaceX is ramping up its business operations. Right now on the Careers page of its website, it lists openings for 473 positions it wants to fill. Most of them — 313 — are for the company headquarters in Hawthorne, California with the rest scattered around the country, including Washington, DC and Texas. SpaceX is building a dedicated launch facility near Brownsville, Texas and has a rocket development center in McGregor.
The job postings cover 41 departments at the company. “About half of the positions call for engineers, 33% for technicians, 5% for machinists, 5% for specialists, 5% for managers, and 1% for directors,” according to Business Insider. Some are for experienced line cooks and baristas to help provide all those people with food and beverages.
Musk says when he founded the company in 2002 it “basically consisted of carpet and a mariachi band. That was it.” Today, SpaceX employs hundreds of people all over the US and has a positive revenue stream from its government and private contracts. Being able to reuse rockets means SpaceX can substantially undercut the price of space launches compared to its competitors.
“This is going to be a huge revolution for spaceflight. It’s been 15 years to get to this point,” Musk said during a live broadcast of the launch. “I’m at a loss for words.” Now that milestone has been reached, Musk says SpaceX is working on ways to make relaunching rockets routine — maybe even getting to the point where a rocket can be ready to fly again in as little as 24 hours. Musk told reporters after last week’s launch he was “confident it’s possible to achieve a hundredfold reduction” in the cost of getting stuff into space.
“SpaceX was founded under the belief that a future where humanity is out exploring the stars is fundamentally more exciting than one where we are not,” the company says on its website. “Today SpaceX is actively developing the technologies to make this possible, with the ultimate goal of enabling human life on Mars.”
SpaceX has an aggressive commercial launch schedule for the rest of 2017 and will try to squeeze in a Falcon Heavy launch before the end of the year. It also is pursuing a plan for a global internet service composed of 4,425 satellites circling the globe. The plan is to bring affordable internet access to everyone on earth, while contributing significantly to the company’s bottom line.
“Once fully deployed, the SpaceX System will pass over virtually all parts of the Earth’s surface and therefore, in principle, have the ability to provide ubiquitous global service,” SpaceX says. “Every point on the Earth’s surface will see, at all times, a SpaceX satellite.” To put the size of the proposed internet system in perspective, there are currently a total of 4,256 satellites in orbit around the earth. Of those, only 1,419 are still operational.
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