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The Right Way to go into space...

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Private enterprise does it again!

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HALF a century after the Soviet Union
, sparking a race with the US that helped put astronauts on the moon, spaceflight is on the brink of another revolution. On 19 May, the cargo-carrying Dragon capsule, designed and built by private company SpaceX, is due to launch for low-Earth orbit, where it will dock with the International Space Station - a first for a commercial craft.

In the short term, success for SpaceX would give NASA, which
and is picking up the cheque for the mission, a way to ferry supplies to the ISS. But the feat contains the germ of a much bigger idea: a
, driven by the goals of nimble companies not sluggish, state-funded agencies.

"Spaceflight innovations have just not been happening with the traditional government approach to things," says Elon Musk, the billionaire founder of
, based in Hawthorne, California, who also co-founded internet company PayPal."

Way to go!

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One of our FORUM members, Go 4 TLI, used to work for NASA. Now he is a rocket scientist for Globalstar, Inc. (link), a private company that launches communication satellites.

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