Back in 2002 when Elon Musk had founded SpaceX, the company “basically consisted of carpet and a mariachi band” or so he recalls, nostalgically. That was many, many moons ago, and obviously, things have changed since!
The company that just a few days ago was able to bring about the first ever full-reuse orbital rocket booster (the most expensive part of the rocket), seems to now be looking to expand further.
The company that started with a dream to go into space “one day”, has grown to employ hundreds of people. The company has expanded its size, scope, and prowess with growing revenues from government and private contracts.
Now, having crossed the last big milestone, this 15-year long company is looking to chart out more, far-reaching adventures.
We know that because Musk’s SpaceX just announced 473 new job openings!
The jobs are in quite a variety of fields, but most of them have a description that starts with:
“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. Today SpaceX is actively developing the technologies to make this possible, with the ultimate goal of enabling human life on Mars“.
Of the job listings, 49% of the positions call for engineers, 33% for technicians, 5% for machinists, 5% for specialists, 5% for managers, and 1% for directors – and all are based in the U.S.
Impressively, not all jobs require you to be a tech genius – there are job listings for lawyers, cooks, baristas, and even security officers.
So the expansion’s on across the board, and not just on one particular wing.
Basking in the glow of the successful, historic launch a few days ago, Musk said SpaceX is “looking to make it a routine, if not boring, affair to launch, land, and re-launch within 24 hours”. He added: “I’m confident it’s possible to achieve a 100-fold reduction in the cost of getting stuff into space“.
The next goal the company is to build a fleet of 4,425 satellites that will blanket Earth with high-speed internet access. This is in addition to their existing lofty goal of making expendable rockets, and making traveling into space not much different from driving out in your car!
So, SpaceX, with that on your chalkboard, you better get cracking already!
Also published on Medium.