When one thinks of space rockets or of spaceships that are placed in orbit, many think about complex mechanisms, devices, and systems, all designed individually and specifically to be used only with this specific purpose. The reality is that neither SpaceX nor NAS reaches a huge level of sophistication. Here are some of the software and hardware secrets of SpaceX Falcon 9 rockets.
Regular hardware and software are used on SpaceX Falcon 9
Many of the materials used in the machines and computers that go aboard the rockets launched into space are not created specifically for this purpose, since they do not have to have special attributes, such as the resistance to radiation.
The development of specific machines and computers would imply not only a higher cost since each rocket makes use of several computers and control machines, but it would also be more complex to manage since it would require special use.
Since cost reduction is one of the main objects of SpaceX, it is logical that they tend to use the most common materials possible, ensuring that there is a large enough number of them to face neither problems of supply nor search of experts for operating them.
The systems and programming languages used in SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, for example, are as common as Linux or C ++.
A complex set of operations is what make space exploration difficult
Although some of the systems and materials that are used are, in fact, of common use, this does not mean that the set of operations is something simple or easy to execute, naturally.
Everything related to aerospace engineering depends on an infinite number of variants and possibilities, which makes these common elements extremely complex.
To get an idea, SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket has several dozens of computers on board, each of them responsible for executing a specific function and having to take into account the multiple possible scenarios to react in one way or another.
All these scenarios and measurements carried out in advance are what have allowed the Elon Musk company to achieve recent important achievements for space exploration. One of the most famous is the recent launch of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy carrying Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster inside, as well as the multiple launches SpaceX Falcon 9 took to place various satellites on the orbit.