Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Congrats to SpaceX

Early this morning was the first launch of a rocket developed and built by a private company, Elon Musk's SpaceX, that hopefully will dock with the International Space Station in a few days.  I normally don't do "news" like this on my blog, but I think this event is rather portentous.  It's awesome to see private citizens taking the lead in moving us down the path to becoming a spacefaring people!

You can find photos of the launch online... Instead, I wanted to share a cool infographic that conveys a lot more about the spacecraft itself... (from here and here):

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Okay, I admit that I liked this one because it also includes an outline of another company's future spacecraft, with a name close to my heart...  :-)


  1. Interesting stuff. I'm still missing the Apollo and Shuttle programs. They were just amazing and hopefully after Obama is out of there this company can get more help from the government.

  2. The trend of increased privatization is certainly new, unexplored territory, and it's making for some strange political bedfellows. Because much of NASA's personnel stays on when Congress or the White House flips sides, I don't know how easy it is to figure out who (in government) is truly "responsible" for these developments.