November 7, 2019
The new Space Race has kicked into high gear, but this time it's commercial companies competing to send astronauts into space. SpaceX just pulled off 13 consecutive tests of its Crew Dragon's upgraded parachute system, which means it's nearly ready to carry astronauts. Not to be outdone, Boeing just successfully tested its launch pad abort system for its Starliner capsule – a critical step in getting it mission ready.
Both SpaceX and Boeing are taking part in NASA’s Commercial Crew Program and competing for the privilege of being the first private company to send NASA astronauts to the ISS. But the competition isn't just about bragging rights, UBS estimates that today's $400 billion space economy will balloon to $805 billion by 2030. So SpaceX, Boeing, and several other private space companies are investing heavily in maturing launch technologies in order to claim their share of an increasingly lucrative market.
While we're on the topic of launches, we just launched our revamped blog using the all-in-one design platform Webflow. The tool is a dream machine for easy web design and development so it gets two enthusiastic thumbs up. Head over to our articles page to have a look, and we'll see you in a fortnight!
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Today’s roundup was written by Lawren Henderson with contributions from Kim Taylor and Justin Parker in Los Angeles.
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