Goodbye Atlantis, Hello SpaceX?
It’s the end of a 30-year run with NASA retiring the space shuttle program. I remember it all, and always wanted to head to the Cape to see a lift-off of one of our magnificent space shuttles, but now that’ll never happen.
We’ve talked with senior management at SpaceX before, and it looks like it may end up being a winner in the next space race.NASA has penned a $763 million contract with Russia‘s space agency for a dozen rocket rides through 2016 and they’ve also been providing some seed money to four private firms to provide a crew-ready spaceship.
New Mexico has built a space port. Virgin Galactic has been announced and is already in test flights, but SpaceX appears to be leading the NASA-encouraged pack which includes Blue Origin, Boeing and the Sierra Nevada Corporation.
- Inside SpaceX: A Hint of Life After Space Shuttle (wired.com)
- SpaceX Breaks Ground on Launch Site for Falcon Heavy (spacefellowship.com)
- End of NASA era commemorated in Carl Sagan remix video (businessinsider.com)