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In the upcoming years, SpaceX has extremely high ambitions for space travel to Mars

The millionaire brainiac behind the Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) program has high ambitions of future private space exploration. Founder Elon Musk seeks a trip to the Red Planet of Mars before NASA's mid-2030s current projected timeframe.

Of course, Musk and SpaceX have delayed projects and failed tests in the past, but have shown great promise in current projects. SpaceX also continues to collect funds from NASA and other contractors looking to help go into space.

NASA's interest on the private sector relies on the hope of being able to use the SpaceX Dragon as an astronaut ferry into space, while the Falcon Heavy can carry cargo. The SpaceX Falcon Heavy successfully broke the $1,000-per-pound-to-orbit barrier at a time when space industry experts thought it couldn't be done at the time.

NASA and the US federal government are relying more on private contractors to help in the future -- SpaceX and its rivals will be more than happy to pick up the research slack. The SpaceX Dragon capsule may be prepared for launch in the next five years, with thoughts also on manned mission to Mars. Until then, the company recently announced it will invest $30 million for Space Launch Complex 4-East, located at Vandenberg Air Force Base. 

It's believed up to 1,000 employees could be employed at the facility in the next four years. SpaceX plans to launch aircraft and test projects from the popular launching site, while competitors look for other launch sites.

The private space market is growing with even more companies trying to snag government funding -- and SpaceX will have to face the United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket, along with foreign-based projects.

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Ironic aint it?
By Freezetron on 7/17/2011 1:36:34 AM , Rating: -1
So many people bitched and moaned about how the "shuttle" and "space" programs eat up all that valuable goverment money and is a tax payer waste. Now with the 30 year Shuttle program dead and their wish granted, they would rather pay the Russians to send us up to the ISS for the forseable future instead of new American solution that would keep funds and jobs here in the USA.

American greed and stupidity at its best...

RE: Ironic aint it?
By Freezetron on 7/17/11, Rating: -1
RE: Ironic aint it?
By ShaolinSoccer on 7/17/2011 3:21:10 PM , Rating: 3
I think this website has an automatic rating system that rates people down for cursing. I could be wrong...

RE: Ironic aint it?
By cjohnson2136 on 7/18/2011 6:43:46 AM , Rating: 1
no you are correct

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