Thursday, October 27, 2011
Where the Imagination Goes...
Yes, it is the fire-breathing kind...though not the beastie of myth and legend.
Dragon, the first privately-owned prototype passenger space capsule built by SpaceX (Space Exploration Technologies) has arrived in Florida. A December 19th launch is currently planned from Kennedy Space Center for the Dragon capsule and Falcon 9 booster that may soon be delivering astronauts to the International Space Station.
The advantage of our space program going private? How about an $800 million price tag for developing the project compared to an estimated $2.4 to $7.2 billion for traditional government contracts, according to the SpaceX Vice President Ken Bowersox (as quoted in the Reuters article below).
One small step for man...one giant leap for private industry in space.
SpaceX Dragon Overview
SpaceX Announces Plans to Launch Fully Reusable Rocket