May 22nd, 2012
A couple of years ago I wrote a pretty unflattering post regarding SpaceX, the private outfit working to put cargo and people into low Earth orbit (LEO). Today marked the successful launch of their first cargo vessel to the International Space Station. While the mission has not been successfully completed yet, I’m willing to concede I was wrong about Elon Musk and his company. In my original post from 2008, I portrayed Musk as naive. But after watching the 60 Minutes profile of him and SpaceX a while back, I’ve changed my tune. SpaceX has bounced back from their failures. What is really remarkable is how the company has stayed on track and has maintained a clear vision of what they want to accomplish. I’m not sure how much of this is Musk and how much of it is his leadership team. Whatever the case, I’m really excited to see how their future spaceflights change the LEO game. Hopefully, continued SpaceX success will mean NASA can focus on deep space exploration. I would love to see NASA move on to exploring near Earth asteroids.
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