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The Birth of Privatization

1/28/1986

The first manned space shuttle explosion. 7 astronauts died that day, it was very unfortunate and quite a setback in space exploration. It also brought in a new wave of people wanting un-manned space travel.

7/2000

A billionaire Jeff Bezos founds the Blue Origin company aiming to build a New Shepard vertical takeoff and landing spacecraft, capable of reaching the upper atmosphere.

1/6/2002

SpaceX is founded in June of 2002 by serial entrepreneur Elon Musk. It has now become one of the best known private space companies.

1/3/2004

The Spirit rover (MER-A) lands on Mars. It greatly increased Human Knoledge. Some jobs that made that possible are:

  • Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Operators:
    Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Operators use computer software to create designs for Rocket Parts. This allows designs to be more precise then ever before.
  • Aerospace Engineers:
    Aerospace engineering deals with designing and building machines that fly efficiently. The smoother spacecrafts fly the less fuel they use so they can go further.
  • Astronaut:
    Astronauts are people trained by a human spaceflight program to command, pilot, or serve as a crew member of a spacecraft. They constibute to many aspects of space travel, includig unmanned missions, from collecting large amounts of data in space.
  • Delivery of Parts:
    An often unsung role that actually is very important. They are the supply chain of spacecrafts and... spacecrafts are big.
  • Robotics Technicians:
    Robotics Technicians have a range of skills and are able to troubleshoot various robotic systems using their knowledge of microprocessors.

5/6/2011

The U.S Shuttle Program was canceled. This paved the way for private space travel by opening up slots for ISS resuply missions. Wondering if the space shuttle would come back we interviewed Keven Brown, his response is shown below.

1/11/15

SpaceX’s first first-stage landing attempt on a drone ship during CRS-5 mission to the International Space Station fails.

12/21/15

The rocket was carrying 11 satellites destined for low-Earth orbit. The Falcon 9 carried important cargo, and sucessfully delivered it. The booster still failed to land.

8/14/16

On Flight 28, the Falcon 9 rocket sucessfully carried its cargo into space, but more importantly, it sucessfully landed on a drone ship. This proved that Space X was a force to be reckoned with. We asked a High School aerospace engineering teacher what his most memorable space memory is, he responded with the Falcon 9.