Sunday, December 5, 2010

SpaceX Dragon a "Game-Changer"

The SpaceX Dragon capsule with solar panels deployed. Photo source:

Florida Today columnist John Kelly writes in today's issue that this week's scheduled launch of the SpaceX Dragon capsule atop its Falcon 9 rocket could be a "game-changer" for U.S. access to low Earth orbit (LEO).

If the Dragon capsule, and its Falcon 9 rocket, ace three planned test flights, the space agency and the startup space venture could forever change how NASA -- and perhaps other government agencies -- pursue big space development projects.

To be sure, there's a long way to go to prove Falcon 9 and Dragon as a viable space transportation system for supplies or people. But the system is getting off the ground far faster and for much less taxpayer investment than any comparable space development project by NASA or the Pentagon.

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