Monday, 15 Dec, 2008 Technology

First Clients Singed up for a Trip on Commercial Space Station


Space exploration technologies corporation, SpaceX, which was the first to launch a privately constructed rocket, intends to launch world's first privately owned space station dubbed DragonLab. Two customers already expressed their wish to be the first to travel in the mini space station.

Specialists at SpaceX developed an unscrewed capsule, which is able to stay in orbit for 2 years and then parachute back to Earth. The company scheduled its first two missions in 2010 and 2011. It is worth mentioning that the space shuttle program will end in 2010 and, according to SpaceX officials, specialists working in different fields, including, biotech, radiation effects and robotic spacecraft will focus on DragonLab missions, reports NewScientist.

George T. Whitesides, executive director of the National Space Society and senior adviser to Virgin Galactic, company working in the field of space tourism, has been assigned an associate of President-Elect Barack Obama's transition team at NASA to work on the development of private space flight programs.

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