Just got a text from a friend at SpaceX. Boy are they happy (and relieved) that their rocket launched...
http://www.wired.com/autopia/2012/05/sp ... -9-rocket/
A successfull mission will mean a lot not only to the company, but eventually may lead to a bit of an economic boost (especially here in SoCal) in general. Literally 1000's of new jobs, both directly and indirectly related to the aerospace industry, could potentially be created if SpaceX continues to meet milestones set by NASA.
And it sure would be nice if we didn't have to rely on other countries' spacecraft to do what our own could be accomplishing.
Looks like the private companies are using the small pods on top of rockets.
Must be the least expensive way to transport.
I wonder what Burt Rutan is working on now, and exactly where they are as far as space exploration goes?.