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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on May 25th, 2012 at 8:14 am

Watch Live Feed of SpaceX’s Docking with the ISS

The docking of SpaceX’s Dragon capsule with the International Space Station (ISS) is something I have been watching this morning:

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This really shows how far behind North Korea is, that a private American company is able to successfully do something extremely more complicated than a rocket launch.

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  • JoeC
    1:53 pm on May 25th, 2012 1

    While the era of space races, at least to near earth destinations, may be over, the era of commercial space delivery vehicle competition may be beginning.

  • JoeC
    1:57 pm on May 25th, 2012 2

    Err … I should have said commercial manned space delivery vehicles competition.

  • Avatar of GI KoreaGI Korea
    4:18 pm on May 25th, 2012 3

    JoeC, I think in 15-20 years I can see SpaceX becoming a household company name just like Google is now a days. Google was founded in 1998 and few people had ever heard of the search engine when it first started.

    The commercial space industry I think has the potential to become a major area of growth for the US economy for the next 20 years much like the computer and Internet industries have been major growth engines for the past 20 years. However, just like with the computer and Internet industries, workers for the commercial space industry are going to need to be highly educated in the math and sciences which is something the US is lagging behind in.

  • JoeC
    4:49 pm on May 25th, 2012 4

    The administration was criticized by some here for its decision to cut funding for NASA manned missions. That decision may have pushed NASA into doing more partnerships with private industry and given NASA’s experienced space vehicle engineers the incentive they needed to move over to private industry.

    In hindsight, and foresight for some, that decision may prove to have been the right one.

  • Avatar of GI KoreaGI Korea
    5:15 pm on May 25th, 2012 5

    JoeC, it wasn’t me criticizing the Obama administration’s decision to privatize launches to the ISS, I have supported it. The Space Shuttle program despite all of its accomplishments was overall a disaster due to its expense and the fact it didn’t push the frontiers of space. Because of its commitment to the Space Shuttle, NASA made space boring and the public lost interest thus making their budget vulnerable.

    What I do criticize the Obama administration for is a lack of vision for NASA. There is no clear agenda for NASA being promoted by the administration especially after the cutting of the joint Mars exploration program with the ESA. The administration should pick one major goal for NASA and push them to meet deadlines while at the same time promoting it with the American public to build interest. However, the deadline cannot be something that is 20-25 years in the future because it will never survive multiple administrations. How long have we been hearing that the US is going to put a man on Mars in 25 years? The goal has to be within 10 years with clear deadlines that are being met to build public interest and make it politically impossible for the next administration to cancel the program since it has met deadlines and is happening in the near term and not some far off 25 year timeline.

    One idea the administration has offered is to land on an asteroid. This is actually a good idea that would capture public interest since it is challenging and hasn’t been done before. Could you imagine the interest in such an undertaking if after President Obama took office he set timetables for NASA to send a probe to photograph the asteroid within 2 years, within 4 years land a probe, and then within 6 years land an even larger probe in preparation for a manned landing in 8-10 years?

  • Retired GI
    11:34 pm on May 25th, 2012 6

    I agree with GI Korea on most points concerning NASA. With the exception of what would capture public interest. Only a manned Mars missions will capture public interest. Or a return to the moon. Those are the only options the public would be interested in.

    There is already a Private company planning to mine asteroids within the next ten years.

  • Avatar of GI KoreaGI Korea
    3:14 am on May 26th, 2012 7

    @6 – I disagree, if sold properly to the public I think they would be highly interested in an asteroid landing. Also the company proposing to mine an asteroid plan to do it with robots not a manned mission. Plus landing on the asteroid would be something leading up to a ultimate Mars landing. If within 10 years landing on the asteroid is accomplished the next step would to be within the next 8-10 years to land on Mars.

  • JoeC
    3:54 am on May 26th, 2012 8

    Here is an NPR podcast on the company’s plans to mine asteroids.

  • Retired GI
    10:26 am on May 26th, 2012 9

    20 years is too long. We don’t need the baby-steps. Mars direct is what we need. THAT will inspire. We could do it in four years. Should have done it in the 1990s!
    Make it THE Priority. Stop wasting cash on “assisting” other countries. Our future is out there.

  • setnaffa
    1:13 pm on May 26th, 2012 10

    Retired GI, the problem is an Administration that is unwilling to ALLOW us to be better than other nations…

  • Glans
    1:30 pm on May 26th, 2012 11

    Free enterprise makes America great. President Obama understands that. When a trip to Mars makes sense, businesses will go to Mars. It doesn’t require a federal bureaucracy.

    God bless President Obama.

  • kushibo
    5:22 pm on May 26th, 2012 12

    A trip to Mars is too massive an undertaking for private business, though maybe not a business consortium.

    But there’s actually very little profit to be made from it, so it’s up to governments to do it as grand inspirational gestures (which yield useful spinoff technology, e.g., if NASA finds a way to engineer solar cells capable of providing extra energy for a mission to Mars, we could solve our energy crisis down on Earth… things like that).

    “Through government, we should do together what we cannot do as well for ourselves.”

  • Teadrinker
    8:25 pm on May 26th, 2012 13

    Space Sex. :roll: :lol:

  • Teadrinker
    8:26 pm on May 26th, 2012 14

    Or could it be meant to be read as Spa Sex (in honor of a certain celebrity).

  • Retired GI
    10:52 pm on May 26th, 2012 15

    Government and private industry can work together for a Mars Program. Each have their talents and drawbacks.
    Some look for an automatic payout for a Manned Mars Program. Sadly, the Manned Mars Program is not a slot machine. Profit will be made, over time. New tech will be forthcoming and profit will be made. Nothing will bring the the world together like the mission to Mars. It happened before with the Moon missions and it will happen again with the Mars missions.

    Leave the Muslims to their Islam. Leave Korea to it’s — whatever. America is the only country that is able to pull off such a feat. Sadly SETNAFFA IN #10 is correct. Our current “leadership” is holding the US down. I can only assume it is part of the “spread the wealth” Socilisst policy of our current President. However he does have a beautiful smile and lovely family, which I also assume is the reason he was elected in the first place. I do like him so! He can buy me a beer anytime. Too bad he does not love America and seeks to marginalize it.

  • JoeC
    2:36 am on May 31st, 2012 16

    Dragon preparing to de-orbit.


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