NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley returned to Earth after a mission to the International Space Station. It was is the first successful splashdown in 45 years.
It’s a good start. Now what? Check new ideas.
On Saturday, May 30, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launched Crew Dragon’s second demonstration mission from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Next day the space capsule, with two astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley on board, docked to the International Space Station.
SpaceX crew Dragon take-off.
You can watch the moment of the launch here.
Published by Space X on May 30. 2020
Today, two months later, NASA astronauts safely splashdown after the journey from the orbit. The Crew Dragon capsule touched the water at 2:48 p.m. Eastern time near Pensacola, Fla. SpaceX engineer Michael Heiman greeted astronauts by saying:
On behalf of the SpaceX and NASA teams, welcome back to planet Earth, and thanks for flying SpaceX.
SpaceX crew Dragon returns to Earth.
Video of splashdown and capsule recovery.
Published by Fox News on Aug 02. 2020
The last thought.
Eleven years ago, an Obama committee concluded that it would take 12 years and cost $26-$36 billion to launch a man into space from U.S. soil. Elon Musk did it in half a time for less than $1 billion.
Why so much faster and so shockingly cheaper? Well, the answer is simple. First — Elon Musk used his own (and the investors) money, so the word waste (the favorite word of government bureaucrats), was not in his business vocabulary. Second — The competition. Space X must compete with Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin, Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, and there are others.
So. The question:
What does it take for an ambitious project to be successful?
Removing the government out of the equation.
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