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Just wanted to gush a little bit about the current SpaceX mission to the ISS, and see if anyone around here follows that kind of thing.
As I type this right now, the Dragon spacecraft created by SpaceX is about to become the first commercial spacecraft to dock with the International space station.
I am just in awe of this company and the successful missions they have completed. What this company has done is nothing short of revolutionary.
The fact that a company that was founded about 10 years ago, is right now docking a spacecraft with the ISS is just amazing to me. And what's more is that they can do it for about one tenth of the cost that the shuttle was able to do it for.
The shuttle was able to launch cargo into space for about $20,000 US dollars per pound. A very expensive proposition. The craft that SpaceX launched earlier this week was able to accomplish the task for about $2,000 per pound.
That sounds great but the company plans to take things even further! They plan on creating reusable rockets and vehicles that can land on a landing pad similar to a helipad. They are aiming to have this technology ready within a decade.
They aim to bring the cost down to about $100 dollars per pound with this technology.
Imagine the day that this becomes reality. A company out there will have a set price of what it will take to get anything into space. You could make an entire business plan based around this.
This is a very meaningful event. If SpaceX is successful in their future plans, the possibilities are endless. The space race used to be between governments and militaries of various countries. The privatization of space travel means that there is a new space race. The race to bring costs down, to open up space travel to the world, to create technologies that have never been possible before.
The space race has been reborn. There are many other companies working on private space travel in some form or another right now with many different technologies. SpaceX is just the first of these companies to reach orbit. Soon others will follow.
I could not be more excited. More than any other time are the opportunities available to humanity in space opening up. The SpaceX vehicles have performed very well. They are making leaps and bounds in their technology. They have reached the same level of technology as NASA in a decade, and even surpassing it in some ways.
They already have a more powerful rocket being created that will rival the power of the most powerful launch rockets ever created. In the not so distant future SpaceX is likely to have some of if not the most advanced launch capabilities in the world.
If you haven't followed the SpaceX story, check out Nasa.gov or SpaceX.com and check it out. It's amazing stuff.
What do you guys think about all this?
Update: Just watched the ISS capture the Dragon with the robotic arm. Awesome stuff. First private company ever to launch their own spacecraft and be captured by the ISS.
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