Thu, Dec 09, 2010
Bolden: SpaceX Is "What Lindbergh Was To Commercial
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden (pictured) praised SpaceX on
its successful launch Wednesday of a Falcon 9 rocket carrying a
Dragon demonstration COTS vehicle which is slated to begin carrying
cargo to ISS next year.
"While rocket launches from the Cape are considered a common
occurrence, the historic significance of today's achievement by
SpaceX should not be lost," Bolden said in a statement. "This is
the first in a new generation of commercial launch systems that
will help provide vital support to the International Space Station
and may one day carry astronauts into orbit. This successful
demonstration flight is an important milestone in meeting the
objectives outlined by President Obama and Congress, and shows how
government and industry can leverage expertise and resources to
foster a new and vibrant space economy. These new explorers are to
spaceflight what Lindbergh was to commercial aviation."
The Falcon 9 launch is part of NASA's Commercial Orbital
Transportation Services program.
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