Friday, May 25th, 2012
At a little past 3:40 a.m. EST on March 22nd, rocket engines roared to life and history was made once again at the famed launchpad of the Cape Canaveral Airforce Station. For the first time a spacecraft, the Dragon, built by private company SpaceX, was launched on a journey to the International Space Station (ISS). Read more.
Friday, May 18th, 2012
“Yeah, right,” is a phrase Elon Musk probably heard more than a handful of times before his private space company, SpaceX, took to the skies. And he’s probably not the only one in the commercial space biz to be on the receiving end of murmuring disbelief.
But where would we be if every entrepreneurial spirit balked at the phrase “yeah, right”? Certainly not sending humans into space, or planning manned missions to mars. That’s for certain.
Saturday, April 28th, 2012
Earlier this month we blogged about the recent success of space commercialization and the planned mission to dock the first private space craft, the SpaceX Dragon capsule, with the International Space Station (ISS). If that news wasn’t big enough, the newsrooms and blogs roared back to life following an announcement that film director James Cameron and top executives at Google are planning a venture – Planetary Resources, Inc. – to begin mining minerals from asteroids, as soon as 2013. Read more.
Wednesday, February 1st, 2012
Already hard-hit taxpayers may look at space exploration and high-tech research as just so much pie in the sky. But cash-strapped governments around the world, including Canada, Spain and the United Kingdom, as well as several U.S. states, continue to show a willingness to pay to get and keep slices of the industry and businesses that support space exploration. Read more.