- 26-05-2012, 10:24 #1
The Start of a Truly Commercial Space Era?
Space X has docked with the ISS! Just a stepping point, there is still a long way to go. But, is this the start of a truly commercial and capitalistic space exploration era? One which is driven by VCs, IPOs and shareholder pressures?
Should be interesting anyways - good luck to them. They will need it.
Love him or hate him, Elon does stick to his guns (Tesla etc...). Also, shows how far things have moved on from the "super-serious" cold war era.
Sounds like a 16yr old teenager too:
When asked for his initial thoughts on Dragon’s capture and move into the history books, Elon Musk stated, “just awesome.”
ISS Welcomes SpaceX Dragon; First Private Spacecraft at Station | Autopia | Wired.com
SpaceX - Updates
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- 26-05-2012, 10:43 #2
Personally, I would have said awesome if it docked without the need to be grabbed by an arm. The Russians have been doing that for ages, so don't understand why a private venture couldn't dock without being grabbed. Costs I suppose.
- 26-05-2012, 10:45 #3
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- 26-05-2012, 10:58 #5
Personally, I am more excited by the spaceship one project. That chap has plans that will be much more commercially adventurous then sending a cargo ship up every now and again.
- 26-05-2012, 11:47 #6
I'd love to go into space and see the World from outside. There is a great picture of the Earth from the Moon, lovely. Doing the lottery tonightI read Arrse - that's not an alternative to palmestry
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- 26-05-2012, 12:37 #8
Now the guy who built spaceship one and two is doing so to get people into space as well. He is not restricted by anyone (other then Virgin I suppose) in what he plans to do and can achieve. The mere fact that people such as Mike Melvill know that people will pay large amounts of money to get into space will speed up their plans to get permanent facilities in space that are easily accessible. These facilities will then be used by companies who find NASA's, ESA's and Russia's prices quite pricey. In short, they will make space travel affordable.
- 26-05-2012, 13:34 #9
Nasa are meant to be pushing the limits not just doing milk runsOn a Hot morning in cyprus I found the meaning of anger. Fortunataly I was comftably numb.
The RSM and various other NCO's seemed very agitated.
maybe they should look into counselling?
- 26-05-2012, 16:03 #10
I have to agree with BH it may be a bit more expensive to outsource the 'simple' stuff they have to do such as getting to the ISS while they concentrate on getting back beyond earth on the their Orion ship which seems to be coming along at a faster pace than i thought more here on what their up to everything from droping stuff from high altitudes to the best way to keep it clean -
NASA - Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle
perhaps this will be my generations Apollo, altough i am suprised that no one tried to just copy Soyuz for this NASA competition as they've been plodding along for a long time.
but i can't think of comercial space travel without going straight to -