Sunday, November 14, 2010

Space, Inc.

This morning's Florida Today has a breathtaking series of articles, starting on Page 1, about commercial space and how it will affect Brevard County.

The articles were written by veteran space correspondent Todd Halvorson.

Click here to read the main article.

Click here for the interactive page to select the articles about various commercial space vendors.

Click here to watch the 30-minute video documentary, "Space, Inc.".

Click here to read the Florida Today editorial, "Closer to Reality."

This passage in Halvorson's main article sums it up:

FLORIDA TODAY traveled coast to coast, toured secretive facilities, saw first-hand highly proprietary work under way and interviewed dozens of key players trying to stimulate this new industry at altitudes hundreds of miles above Earth.

Our four-month analysis found that U.S. private industry is more than capable of developing spacecraft to fly U.S. astronauts to and from low Earth orbit.

What's more, U.S. aerospace companies already are developing, testing and launching prototypes.

Their plans are not just PowerPoint presentations and engineering drawings. Commercial companies are cutting metal, assembling engines, testing steering thrusters, and in some cases, spacecraft already are orbiting the Earth.

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