Private Enterprise-SpaceX Dragon Capsule Arrives at Space Station
Many pages and many, many comments have illustrated what has gone wrong in the private marketplace. As it should be.
Today, we have a stand out example of the opposite. Of course NASA never built a capsule or rocket. Private enterprise has always done that with the government instead of a satellite maker or some other private venture paying the bills. Maybe a version of that airline in space from 2001 will become a reality too. It just won’t be Pan Am.
This story was updated at 1:30 p.m. ET.
A privately built robotic space capsule arrived at the International Space Station early Wednesday (Oct. 10) to make the first-ever commercial cargo delivery to the orbiting lab under a billion-dollar deal with NASA.
The unmanned Dragon spacecraft was captured by station astronauts using a robotic arm after an apparently flawless approach by the cargo-laden space capsule, which was built by the private spaceflight company SpaceX. It is the first of 12 resupply flights SpaceX will fly for NASA under a $1.6 billion deal.