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Beyond the Beltway: America's Next Sputnik Moment

Todd414 Wrote: May 25, 2012 7:52 AM
It is good to see a private company doing what has to be done in space. I'm pretty sure that they won't be doing this to make Muslim countries feel better about themselves.

In Hawthorne, California, birthplace of the Beach Boys and just minutes south of Los Angeles International Airport, Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) is making the futuristic “final frontier” envisioned in movies like “Star Trek” a near-term reality. Never heard of SpaceX? It’s the private sector’s version of NASA, which means it works with the best talent, ahead of schedule, under budget, and with a viable business model.

Early Tuesday morning, in Cape Canaveral, Florida, SpaceX blasted its Falcon9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft into orbit, with the goal of transporting equipment and supplies to the International Space Station. SpaceX aims to...