Is the Private Era in Space Officially Upon Us?

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The United States, Russia, Japan, the European Union, and SpaceX: what do they all have in common? If all goes smoothly over the next few days, each entity will have successfully, and at some point historically brought a vessel to the International Space Station.

Yesterday, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and its unmanned Dragon capsule lifted off en route to the ISS, marking the first ever flight for a commercial spacecraft bound for the space station. The flight could open up a new, private, entrepreneurial era in space.

But what, exactly, is the business of space? And what does the business model look like?

Michael Lopez-Alegria is a former NASA astronaut and International Space Station commander. He is currently the president of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, a commercial space advocacy group. Miles O’Brien is a science correspondent for PBS NewsHour. He's covered space issues for more than 20 years.


Michael Lopez-Alegria and Miles O'Brien

Produced by:

Marc Kilstein

Comments [1]

Jon from Plymouth MI

How about sending Mitt Romney into space? This will hasten his ascent into the celestial realm and would be welcome to all parties....

May. 23 2012 02:47 PM

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