Dragon makes history with ISS docking
The private company SpaceX made history on Friday with the docking of its Dragon capsule to the International Space Station, the most impressive feat yet in turning routine spaceflight over to the commercial sector. Ref. Source 7
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This is a great accomplishment but how trustworthy is it to turn over actions for outer space missions to commercial entities?
I don't see a difference really because our military acts in the same way. The government hires private firms to make the weapons and then our guys use them in war. Same difference Spacex is doing.
SpaceX Capsule Has Returned
Unmanned SpaceX Dragon capsule splashes down in Pacific Ocean after first commercial flight to space station. Ref. CNN
This sets a new precedent for space travel. I bet you'll see a host of new companies offering space services so long as the economy is good enough to allow for it. They need one that can get rid of space junk.
SpaceX rocket glitch puts satellite in wrong orbit
A prototype communications satellite flying as a secondary payload aboard a Space Exploration Technologies Falcon 9 rocket was sent into the wrong orbit because of a problem during launch Sunday evening, officials said Tuesday. Ref. Source 6
It was predictable that private companies would try to exploit space as a source of income but personally I think that is still too early for making a business out of it. Due to the extremely high costs of space traveling, touristic flights are still far from being accessible save for a very small elite of billionaires. Commercial missions face the same problem: contemporary rockets and spacecrafts require continuos mantainance, highly skilled technicians and so on.
SpaceX must have done some preliminary surveys before they got into it otherwise I don't think they would have gone through the expense. They will also appeal to governments who want to get in on outer space activity without having to establish a whole programme for it.