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SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft carried two NASA astronauts into orbit Sunday from the Kennedy Space Center, marking the dawn of a new age in commercial space travel.
SpaceX must now prove that its inexpensive human-capable flights have a commercial market and make a case for its longer-term exploration program.
With the liftoff, SpaceX became the first private company to launch people into orbit, a feat achieved previously by only three governments: the US, Russia and China.
The mission, the first of such in a commercially developed spacecraft, is the final major test of SpaceX’s human flight system before it can be certified to fly crews into space.
The SpaceX launch Wednesday with a crew will heighten commercial interest in space and strengthen market forces already at work.
SpaceX has plans to launch 30,000 satellites, in addition to the 12,000 already approved. This has raised concerns of satellites interfering with the viewing distant galactic objects.
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Growth of commercial space companies and the desire of more and more governments to exploit space is dramatically increasing collision risks.
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