Quasy

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  • Location Stuttgart
  • Nationality Yup
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  • Year of birth 1980
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  1. SpaceX is about to launch it's Falcon9 rocket with the Dragon capsule in about an hour (14:03 GMT).   The Dragon capsule is supposed to make two Earth orbits before returning to Earth (splash down Apollo-style, with parachutes, near Californian coast). If successful, it will be the first time a private corporation manages to return a space capsule from Earth orbit (SpaceX has been also the first company to commercially build and launch a satellite into Earth's orbit - as opposed to the other corporations that use government money for developing, building and launching rockets and satellites).   You can watch the launch live here: http://spaceflightnow.com/falcon9/002/status.html   So what do you think of commercialization of the space industry? Will it work, or are the costs too big to be able to be covered by commercial endeavors without government help? Will they make travel to space cheaper or is the dream of Elon Musk of making the humans a space-faring species just a SF dream?