The Future of Private Space Flights | 90 minutes on America

When: 2012-06-21 15:30 - 2012-06-21 17:00
Where: American Center, Tržiště 13, Praha 1 – Malá Strana
Entry fee: Free

Discussion about the future of private exploration of space. Can we soon expect space tourism becoming a reality?

Discussion in Czech. 

SpaceX completed a landmark mission May 31 that saw its Dragon capsule deliver half-a-ton of supplies and equipment to the International Space Station and return safely to Earth.

The flight made history as the first privately built spacecraft to rendezvous with the International Space Station. Its true impact is expected to be seen in coming months as the company sends regular re-supply missions to the orbiting outpost and continues work to launch astronauts into orbit in a few years.

The SpaceX mission combined the goals of two separate flights under NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services Program, known as COTS. Originally slated to fly by the station and then come back to Earth, SpaceX and the NASA agreed to let the Dragon connect to the laboratory as long as a string of performance tests were successful.

SpaceX launched the Dragon capsule on top of the company’s Falcon 9 rocket at 3:44 a.m. EDT on May 22 to begin the chase of the space station. Working with an instantaneous launch window, the SpaceX launch team executed a flawless countdown that culminated with the Falcon lifting off from Space launch Complex-40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.