Friday, December 10, 2010
This week SpaceX put a capsule into Orbit and had it circle the Earth twice and then it went through a perfect re-entry to land within a few miles of its target area. This is great news for the future of space exploration.
With SpaceX’s success they are quickly getting ready to take over the job of supplying the ISS with cargo as well as making a viable alternative for the launch of commercial satellites. Soon commercial launches could take over the work in Low Earth Orbit.
This is how the US Space Program was envisioned, with NASA leading the way with the far bleeding edge of research and development and private industry picking up and following the trail they had blazed.
Soon Orbital Sciences Corp. will be testing a launcher of their own and Low Earth Orbit will be even more accessible.
With private companies taking over the day-to-day business of Low Earth Orbit, NASA can go back to what they excel at, the bleeding edge research of space. Like designing a Super Heavy Lift Launcher, hopefully with a totally new engine, and exploring near Earth Asteroids.
This successful test is leading the way to a fantastic future.
By Darrell B. Nelson author of Invasive Thoughts