Monday, September 29, 2008

Big Step for Space Industry

The Space industry took a large step forward yesterday with the first ever successful commercial launch to reach orbit with a liquid powered rocket. Elon Musk's company SpaceX launched their Falcon I rocket at 4:15 PDT and made orbit roughly nine minutes later.

This was the fourth attempt of to prove their Falcon I rocket. SpaceX is one of the competitors in the COTS (commercial Orbital Transportation Services) program that could be used to resupply the International Space Station after the retirement of the space shuttle.

In Early August SpaceX had a successful test of their Falcon 9 engines. These two tests are a big step forward for the company as it develops its Dragon launch vehicle. The fact that commercial industry has finally make orbit is a major step in the forward progression of space exploration.

It will be companies that are attempting to make a profit that will starting cutting back the massive infrastructure that currently surrounds all the government funded space programs. The Falcon 1 rocket costs 7.9 million a piece. This price is minuscule compared the vehicles we are using now If we are ever to truly be a space faring people we need to cut the cost drastically and we cannot have thousands of people observing every single flight.

Of course in the long run this means putting myself out of a job, but that is the cost of progress.

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