Many observers, note the Wall Street Journal, already equate the importance of this launch to the Gemini missions of the sixties, those that paved the way for landing on the Moon. This time, however, NASA, which has invested around $ 7 billion in the company, is “a customer rather than an operator. If the project fails, it will take the blame. If it is a success, the glory will go to Space X, “former White House space adviser Mark Albrecht tells business newspaper.Of course, the Musk space company is not the only private industry competing for the conquest of NASA orders. Boeing has already developed a rival capsule, the Starliner, according to rumors ready to make its test flight without astronauts later this year. And then there are Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit and Blue Origin of Jeff Bezos: but for the latter, the arrival of the coronavirus has eroded the prospects for short-term funding.
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Space X, on the other hand, is far ahead of the rest. And it has already recorded several records: first private company to send a satellite into Earth’s orbit; first to reuse part of the missile components returned to the base. First to send vehicles to the International Space Station. Of course, its operations have also been slowed down by the pandemic. But the project, designated as essential by the authorities, went ahead, with the staff who could continue to work, contrary to what happened at the Tesla factory, where Elon Musk then ended up forcing the lockdown by reopening a week earlier than expected . The launch on Wednesday is therefore highly anticipated. If all goes well, we will truly be facing a new frontier.
All ready for the first human flight from US soil since 2011: astronauts in Cape Canaveral