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G David Bock
Lynden WA USA
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Space X launch a success - so far
5/30/2020 6:13:56 PM
SpaceX launches new era of spaceflight with company's first crewed mission
NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley are flying a brand-new spacecraft to the world’s orbiting laboratory.
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2020/05/spacex-nasa-launch-human-astronauts-crew-dragon-international-space-station-demo-2/?cmpid=org=ngp::mc=crm-email::src=ngp::cmp=editorial::add=SpecialEdition_SpaceLaunch_20200527&rid=A809A09B81E4B13F20FF4D03B1A52608
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DT509er
Santa Rosa CA USA
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Space X launch a success - so far
10/1/2020 2:26:42 PM
I am looking forward to the next successful launch of the 4-person crew consisting of NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker, and Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) October 31st.

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G David Bock
Lynden WA USA
Posts: 480
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Space X launch a success - so far
12/8/2020 3:42:39 PM
Contrary to this author's perspective, privatization of space exploration is an old concept, a theme common in science fiction literature almost from it's beginning. Also something to be expected once technology had advanced enough and the boons of earlier government funded efforts had their effect in markets and free enterprise.

Monetizing the Final Frontier
The strange new push for space privatization



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On May 30, in the midst of a world-threatening pandemic and a surge of protests for racial justice, President Donald Trump arranged a photo op that harked back to the confident heyday of the Cold War American consensus. He flew down to Florida to gaze at the heavens.

The skies were blue over the storied NASA launch-ground of Cape Canaveral in mid-eastern Florida when, at 3:22 p.m., Trump peered from a nearby platform. Two astronauts—Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley—hurtled up from the launchpad, on a rocket roaring toward the International Space Station.

For longtime enthusiasts of NASA’s human spacefaring, it was a singularly auspicious moment. Ever since NASA’s space shuttles were mothballed in 2011, the agency had no American-owned way of getting people into space. It had been paying the Russian government to fly U.S. astronauts up and back, on Russia’s Soyuz spacecraft. But this flight was different. It was the first time humans had flown in a rocket and a capsule made by a private-sector company: SpaceX, the creation of the billionaire Elon Musk.

The launch was also a SpaceX branding bonanza. The astronauts rode up to the rocket in a Tesla, Musk’s fabled luxury electric car; when they’d reached orbit, they broadcast a live video in which they thanked SpaceX for making the flight happen, and showed off the sleek capsule—a genuine marvel of engineering, with huge touch screen control panels that looked rather like the ones inside a Tesla itself. Over the next few years, NASA will pay Musk and SpaceX $2.6 billion to ferry astronauts to and from the space station six times.

For the feds, this price tag is remarkably cheaper than the space shuttle, which cost over $1 billion per flight. In his speech after the launch, Trump lauded the cost savings that SpaceX had realized on the government’s behalf. SpaceX, he announced, “embodies the American ethos of big thinking and risk-taking.... Congratulations, Elon.”

For Musk, though, the launch was more than just a technical success, and is bigger even than the $2.6 billion contract. It cements him as a leading player in what might seem the unlikeliest stage of the final frontier’s exploration—the privatization of space.
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https://newrepublic.com/article/160303/monetizing-final-frontier
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As I said, not so 'unlikely' when considering desire and goal of many was to make it private and profitable, from way back ...
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