Wednesday, April 25, 2012

SpaceX launch moved back

SpaceX factory Dragon capsule

It is important in this field to have everything exactly the way you want it. Failure is really not an option and so many variables can lead to a failed launch. This flight particular has an extra important reason to look perfect. It is supposedly the future method of commercial space travel which of course depends on this launch. This is why it must be moved from time to time. This time only happens to be a week or so. It has been moved from April 30, 2012 to May 7, 2012.

This launch is more of a precursor to the future transport of human cargo. It is only taking up much needed supplies on this run but the implications of this flight are tremendous. It is the very first privately built  and funded spacecraft to make a stop at the International Space Station. SpaceX pushed back the flight and NASA has claimed they are more than willing to wait to ensure the success of such a historic occasion and actually appreciate the fact that they will wait.

It shows trust in a privately owned company (SpaceX)that they aren't trying to force this into success. So many things in the past have gone horribly wrong because a company would not admit to their unpreparedness for an important deadline. In most cases, this would reflect badly on the company, but when it comes to something so important, it can be encouraged.

Imagine if something does go wrong with this flight. No one will ever want to buy tickets to their possible demise and SpaceX could be ruined. It will never leave peoples minds that the first time we actually used this thing, it blew up. This could send commercial space travel back several years until we could convince the public to try it again. I suspect that hundreds upon hundreds of public cargo runs would need to be done before i would ever set foot on one.

Nevertheless, it still remains important that we expand the possibilities of extending our reach. We don't want to be restricted to only sending 6 or so guys somewhere every few months or longer. So much more research could be done with groups of 50 or more. Every step is a step in the right direction no matter what happens.

We look forward to the success of this launch! Good Luck SpaceX!

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