Space Is Hard – Cheap Access To Space Is Our Future
Space Frontier Foundation Applauds Recent SpaceX Reusable Falcon 9 Effort
Silicon Valley, CA – Today’s Falcon 9 first-stage landing attempt marks an important step towards humanity’s future in space, thanks to Elon Musk and his company, Space Exploration Technologies. Space Frontier Foundation would like to congratulate the SpaceX team for boldly attempting to land a first-stage back on Earth in an attempt to re-use it for another flight in the future – something no one has ever successfully done before.
“Without bold entrepreneurial ventures like SpaceX, we wouldn’t be pushing the bar forward as we are now,” said James Pura, President & Director of the Space Frontier Foundation. “Those of us that believe in an ever-expanding human civilization settling the solar system understand that the first step towards making that future a reality is affordable, routine access to space. We are all so very proud of the SpaceX team and today’s first stage landing attempt, and wish them the best of luck in the future as they achieve this goal.”
Space Frontier Foundation has been pushing for Cheap Access To Space (CATS) for over a decade. In 1997, the Space Frontier Foundation and the Foundation for the International Non-governmental Development of Space (FINDS) jointly announced a $250,000 prize for the first private team to launch a payload into space. Today’s landing attempt by SpaceX’s team helps to carry on this dream.
The potential value from successfully achieving cheap access to space is monumental, since it will open up the space frontier to large scale human development and settlement. When this is achieved, the vast resources of space will finally be within humanity’s grasp, enabling whole new sectors of the economy to grow and flourish. SpaceX’s Falcon 9 reusable first stage landing attempt today is a further testament to this legacy of the commercial space industry doing what it does best—incrementally making space faster, better and cheaper.
The Space Frontier Foundation looks forward to the day where fully re-usable launch vehicles are “the norm” and the gas-and-go approach is fueling the large-scale permanent human settlement of space. Today’s events have brought this future a bit closer to reality.
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