The era of commercial space flight dawned today as an unmanned rocket owned by Space Exploration Technologies lifted off from Cape Canaveral. Its mission, to deliver supplies to the International Space Station.
News accounts noted that, “NASA is counting on companies like Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, to take over the task of flying cargo – and eventually astronauts – to the $100 billion space station, which orbits about 240 miles above Earth. If its test flight is successful, SpaceX would become the first private company to reach the space station, a microgravity research complex for biological, materials, fluid physics and other science experiments and technology demonstrations.”
It’s a big accomplishment and we here at NAM are proud to have a member company like Space Exploration Technologies leading the way in such profound fashion.