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SpaceX Changes the Game in Space Flight

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The Space Frontier Foundation congratulated SpaceX for completing the world’s first commercial orbital spaceflight and recovery. “This flight will go down in history as a turning point for the opening of space to regular people,” said Foundation Co-Founder Rick Tumlinson. “It may not be Yuri Gagarin, but it is certainly the equivalent of Sputnik for commercial spaceflight!”

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Opening a Railroad to Space

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Originally published by Robert Zubrin in Space News 10/4/2010 In the history of the American frontier, the opening of the transcontinental railroad was an epochal event. Almost instantly, the transit to the West Coast, which had previously required an arduous multi-month trek and a massive investment for an average family, became a quick and affordable…

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Congratulations to SpaceX for a Successful Launch!

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The Space Frontier Foundation congratulated SpaceX of Hawthorne, California for a successful first flight of their Falcon 9 launch vehicle. The Foundation sees the success of the flight as proving the viability of commercial “NewSpace” firms and their ability to take over transportation from Earth to low Earth orbit – as called for in NASA’s new space policy.

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Gas Stations in Space?

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Fuel depots fundamentally change the economics of going beyond low Earth orbit. A lighter and drastically cheaper spaceship can be sent to low Earth orbit with empty tanks and fueled up before continuing on its way. Even better is the potential to refuel returned spaceships so they can be reused for multiple trips to deep space destinations, saving even more.

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Lunar Water Will Enable Humanity's Settlement of Space

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Washington, D.C., August 19, 2009 – The Space Frontier Foundation today congratulated the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and NASA on their joint discovery of water across the Lunar surface. “This discovery marks a turning point for humanity’s future in space,” remarked Foundation Director Berin Szoka. “Just as lumber, coal, and oil found in the…

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