December 08, 2010

Dragon into Space and Back Again!

One of The Brickmuppet's Crack Team of Science Babes eagerly (perhaps too eagerly) brings us news that Space-X has successfully launched the cargo version of their their Dragon Capsule into orbit.

 Oh I SO do Want !

 Space-X  has developed both their their rocket and spaceship independently of NASA design houses with an eye to providing a commercial launch service. One of the customers they are hoping to get for both manned and unmanned versions of Dragon is, ironically, NASA who would like an alternative to Soyuz with which to supply the International Space Station.

Pete Zaitcev suggests that this means Space-X has sold out and should not be considered alt-space as they are making considerable efforts to play by NASA rules and get government contracts.

I tend to disagree. NASA is a customer and they are catering to that customers needs. IMHO they are right to try to get as big a share of that market as possible to improve their cash flow. The rocket and other kit is designed outside the usual NASA system. 

Your mileage may vary, so by all means, have at it in the comments. In the meantime, here is the video:

 Update: Added promotional image. Also, scientific babe is, of course, Misaka Mikoto, better know as a Certain Scientific Railgun.

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