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Two new acheivements in private spaceflight...

17 Dec 2017, 23:04 UTC
Two new acheivements in private spaceflight...
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The view over the engine bell of a SpaceX rocket, leaving Earth behind for the GEO satellite belt.Over the last fifteen years a lot of words associated with the fledgling private space flight industry have gone from being said almost in mockery to being said in earnest - even admiration. This week has seen two events that highlight why....SpaceX has flown a flight proven booster, with a flight proven space capsule, to the International Space Station:When Elon Musk's ground breaking 'SpaceX' (Space eXploration technologies) company announced they were planning to start re-using the first stage boosters from their rockets they were referred to as 'flight proven' - a euphemism for 'risky and unproven technology'.Today that phrase 'flight-proven' is being used in earnest. And, to prove it, last week they flew not just a flight proven booster - but a flight proven booster carrying a flight-proven capsule, on a supply run to the international space station: That's a milestone, because it makes SpaceX's vehicles mostly re-usable and therefore well positioned to bring the costs of spaceflight down. And, coming in the same week that Trump signed his (fairly vague) instructions for NASA to make a manned return to the Moon, it ...

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