Saturday, September 18, 2010
Forget Apple and Google. SpaceX is trying to take civilization to space faster, cheaper, and more routinely - eventually, says founder Elon Musk, to Mars. Having developed the medium-lift Falcon 9 much faster and on a smaller budget than NASA and its contractors have needed to plod toward the less capable Ares I, SpaceX will now test its Dragon capsule in unmanned mode on the second Falcon 9 launch, set for October 23. In this article, SpaceRef's Ken Kremer takes us through the preparations.