Civilian Rocket Helps to Fill the Gap

July 16, 2009 | By | 1 Reply More

photo_shuttle_launchAs you may know, NASA’s 1970’s technology Space Shuttle is about to retire, and NASA hopes to have a replacement system after a gap of a few years. Good planning, guys! Sure, the U.S. has plans to hire French and Japanese and possibly even Chinese technology until we can catch up in space.

Enter SpaceX

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This completely private, completely civilian company has just launched a satellite, and has paying customers queued up for future launches. Including NASA. Kudos to PayPal founder Elon Musk for going from start-up to commercial flights in just 7 years.


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  1. Tim Hogan says:

    So, once again I'm beaten to the punch. I had this quaint idea of geosynchronous satellites broadcasting worldwide over 30 years ago. Only, I wanted to broadcast on the K bandwidth which gives you up to about 1000 channels. All I needed then was about $300 million to take over the skies!

    Now, NASA wimps out on near planet space support and my idea to use the Rutan/X Prize folks to have launches of manned support craft and satellites from refurbished C-5A aircraft is bumped, in part, by these guys. Kudos but, they can't do repairs, yet!

    Anybody got a spare $100-200 million to have at least a 10 years monopoly on space repair missions? We'll be able to launch satelites, too, but that'll be another $100-200 million to get off the ground. I'd like to locate the HQ at the airport near Belleville, IL and keep up a strong aerospace tradition in the St. Louis Metro area.

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