Saturday, November 26, 2005

Fly me to the moon

Is the space program being privatized?
A new rocket designed by a company that wants to offer low-cost space launches was poised to make its maiden flight Saturday.

If the launch is successful, the Falcon 1 will become the first privately developed rocket to reach orbit.
Ironically the first payload for this private rocket will be on a government contract.
The rocket's payload is a satellite for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the Air Force Academy. FalconSat-2 will measure space plasma phenomena, which can impair space-based communications.
I wonder how many of tax dollars that cost? Money that will aid research and development for a private company instead for the whole of the country.
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