Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Not just NASA sending up rockets anymore.

Welcome to the age of privatized space travel, not necessarily a bad thing considering the lack of inovation recently in the public Nasa Rocket Program. New companies entering the space race will lead to fresh ideas, technologies and hopefully a more cost effective way of going into space. Taking a ship into the stars has still remained at the top of my bucket list, the coming years should definitely be interesting...

SpaceX successfully launched the first commercial rocket today. The Falcon 9 rocket along with the Dragon capsule is loaded with the hopes and dreams of hundreds of students around the USA.
The Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP), launched June 2010 by the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education(NCESSE) in partnership with NanoRacks, LLC, is an important U.S. national Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education initiative that gives students across a community the ability to design and propose real experiments to fly in low Earth orbit, first aboard the final flights of the Space Shuttle, and then on the International Space Station (ISS)—America’s newest National Laboratory.
The SpaceX Falcon/Dragon ship launch successfully marks a new era in commercial space transportation. It will deliver cargo, for now, and astronauts later, saving money for NASA and the government."

Source - Forbes

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