More than 50 years after the space age began, the final frontier is at last opening wide to private enterprise. And at the forefront of these new commercial operations is SpaceX, a company so ambitious that it is setting its sights as far as Mars.
Having successfully built and launched their own rocket designs into space, Space Exploration Technologies Corp, to give them their full name, have won NASA funding & contracts to develop and service future US transport to orbit.
A key test to come this year will be an unmanned flight by SpaceX’s own spacecraft capsule, called Dragon, on a test run to the International Space Station (ISS).
If all continues to go well, other Dragons will later roar into space as America’s regular shuttle replacement, carrying astronauts and supplies to the orbiting outpost.
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