Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) announces that Flight 4 of the Falcon 1 launch vehicle has successfully launched and achieved Earth orbit. With this key milestone, Falcon 1 becomes the first privately developed liquid fuel rocket to orbit the Earth.
That’s it, a private launch vehicle has ejected a satellite into orbit – from here on in, the story of space will be the story of private initiative and personal endeavour. Human history began yesterday.
That may be a bit of a claim too far, but a new player has joined the game. Whereas, until yesterday, this was the exclusive province of government, today the rest of us get to join in.
With thanks – via Samizdata
And, in other news, more heroes here.