Just minutes ago, via the NASA TV stream, we learned that the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft has successfully been attached to the International Space Station--the very first private spacecraft to do so. (Read more about its launch earlier this week here.) NASA is still broadcasting footage of the attachment, but everything looks smooth so far. Watch it live here.
Way to go SpaceX! You too, NASA, for your support of comercial space exploration. Many cheers!
I pray they land safely too. Remember the test is not complete, until they land safely on the groud.
Kudos to SpaceX and NASA! YEA!
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from different perspectives too!
true, that is why they are testing unmanned missions at this time, i am hopefull that manned missions will begin next year with the stellar safety record SpaceX has accomplished thus far, cheers
China should also support private space exploration. Imagine what SpaceX could achieve with all that support.
Congratulations to american comrades!
Lets just Get This Straight! NASA launches the Space X Rocket, at a NASA Facility, using NASA Engineers, with NASA computers, Tracking and Controlling with NASA Staff and the Engineers who Built the Falcon and Capsule are either X NASA or Boeing Engineers that were Laid Off when Barak MaoBama Killed the NASA Space Program!! How much money does Musk Kick Back to the MaoBama Election Campaign???
Elon Musk (a South African) is Using Your "Bail Out" tax Dollars to Build 1%er Electric Cars Outside the USA!!
SpaceX leases this launch pad (and another in California) from the Air Force. This is SpaceX's vehicle. NASA has supervised, very heavily, the entire development and testing of these COTS contract vehicles. And SpaceX was awarded these contracts before Obama was even running for president. SpaceX isn't the only company ready to fly to the space station, and rest assured NASA will be tracking those vehicles alongside it's owners as well. You make it sound like SpaceX is a made up company flying NASA vehicles for political purposes. This simply isn't true. And yes, the Dragon capsule will carry humans into space, but(at least as far as NASA is concerned) I don't think its supposed to happen for at least another 3 years.
AWESOME!!! i just love technology. and to think that in 20 years we will look at this the same way we look at the Saturn Rockets today.
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Man @websterphreaky, wtf is with that retarded nonsense? The GOP killed the replacement for the shuttle just as it was with any science and art program that they see no dollar value in, that's what the hubbub was in the last decade, remember? It was pretty big news for a long time about how we were leaving manned space flight after the last 2 shuttles finished the work on the space station and we had until 2010 to get it done, or do faux goggles apply to everything, whether Obama had anything to do with it or not?
Stupid partisan a-hole garbage, I'm so sick of this kind of hate Americans unless you are Republican lock step idiocracy. I'm the guy in the center watching both of you idiots get farther and father apart. Dems and the GOP have ruined this great nation over bickering, and the GOP with the no negotiations policy are the enemy of democracy. You jackass's just need to stop being childish and compromise, and the sissy Dems need to quit compromising everything away to a party that still says no even after they get their way.
Then again, this was a waste of time. When was the last time anybody witnessed a righty consider another fact or point of view? It's just not the "in thing" right now.
Oh well, I guess I'll just go back to waiting for the trickle down economics to kick in. Should be anytime now.........
Space Exploration Technologies and other commercial entities should consider a business model that caters to a multitude of clientele besides just NASA and space tourism. Research firms and universities could benefit from this by furthering many cosmic theoretical concepts through experimentation. Industry could benefit from this by expanding the production of large scale vessels and facilities that could be positioned in space. With our way of life, the only thing that will help further human presence beyond the Earth will be space activity on an industrial level.
What must occur for this to happen is for people to see more than just the possibility for profit through tourism. Scientific experimentation and theory leading to law drives engineering innovation. Innovation through engineering turns science fiction possibilities into reality. New possibilities equate to further industrializing our expanding civilization (i.e. land, capital, natural resources).
This is just the first step in an industrial aerospace revolution. The question is how long it will take to get started.
Maybe some don't think that for a company to be vetted to operate in the environment of our 15 billion dollar investment (thanks, PopSci, for getting the word out quick when they considered de-orbiting); there should of course be stringent proving requirements...and of course, seeing as how it hasn't actually been worked out much yet, how the public-private permitting will play out on the international stage, what enforcement actually is, who does it...
Maybe just any new startup? No one in particular at the helm of the first commercial-national program effort to achieve finally, what Eisenhower and Kennedy built the program for?
Musk took advantage of his opportunity. Gotta start somewhere, might as well be him.
If NASA is really that concerned about the space property they left behind they should stopping spending billions on projects that they end up scrapping, use a bit more common sense, and send a lunar party to fence off areas of historical importance with some signs "please do not touch" and while there how about a few recycle bins and a trash bin for just in case??