Tuesday, May 12, 2009

NASA's not the only game in town: Falcon 9


Check it out: As Space Shuttle Atlantis toward its rendezvous with Hubble Space Telescope, Space X scientists are preparing to launch the first private orbital spacecraft. Dragon.

Space X is responsible for the recent launch of Falcon 1, which dramatically reduced launch costs. NASA has hired them to provide a ride back and forth to the International Space Station during the time between the retirement of the shuttles and the launch of the next generation spacecraft.

Space X was a real contender in the X Prize competition to be the first private spacecraft to space, but ultimately lost that race to SpaceShip One.

Driven by the vision of Elon Musk, it seems likely Space X will win the race to orbital flight, though there is no $10 million prize for that.

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