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Private Firms Flock To Space Exploration

Decline in federal funding for US space program prompts commercial companies to get involved in space exploration research.

SpaceX Dragon C2. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)
SpaceX Dragon C2. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

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Gary_EL
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Gary_EL,
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5/20/2014 | 12:17:12 PM
Re: Exactly the way it should be
Or better yet, some ambitious capitalist will figure out a way to make money out there, and a REAL Space Race will begin. Then, we will really begin to become a space faring species
Whoopty
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5/20/2014 | 9:54:37 AM
Re: Exactly the way it should be
Indeed it's pretty exciting. Commercialisation might mean that the days of heady idealism with space are coming to an end (but Neil Tyson would argue it was always about Cold War weaponisation anyway) but it does mean competition will bring costs down, which means the rest of us may one day get to venture into space at a price that's not just for millionaires.
Gary_EL
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5/19/2014 | 4:42:07 PM
Exactly the way it should be
Like in so many other areas, the Federal Government did the missionary work, absorbed the enormous cost and the risk of failure. And, once things settle down to the point where goals  (and prices!) can be established, then it's time for private industry to take over. It's very heartening to see that space industry has matured to this point.
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