Private space ventures to get boost with launch of SpaceX Dragon

On Saturday, a privately built spacecraft, the SpaceX Dragon, will launch from Cape Canaveral using another privately developed launch vehicle called the Falcon, for an historic trip to the International Space Station. It is part of a series of demonstration flights that NASA has signed off on to show that a private company can not only resupply the ISS, but eventually fly astronauts to the space station and bring them back to earth. TechNewsWorld: It's almost like the lead-up to Apollo, in my mind," said Mike Horkachuck, NASA's project executive for SpaceX. "You had Mercury, then you had Gemini, and eventually you had Apollo. "This would be similar in the sense that we're not going to the moon or anything as spectacular as that, but we are in the beginnings of commercializing space," Horkachuck added. "This may be the Mercury equivalent to eventually flying crew and then eventually leading to, in the long run, passenger travel in space." Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX,...(Read Full Post)