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Pinkerton: What the Tech Tycoon Space Race Means for the Rest of Us

The future of space exploration will likely be some sort of public-private partnership. If space-bound billionaires are willing to do their part for the nation and if American political leaders have the vision to see space travel as a 1492-like opportunity, then this could be the beginning of a new epoch of American Greatness. 

Photo by: Dennis Van Tine/STAR MAX/IPx 2021 7/11/21 Richard Branson takes flight today with his space company, Virgin Galactic. STAR MAX File Photo: 7/14/17 Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson lights up the Empire State Building in celebration of DS Virgin Racing's arrival to New York City and the inaugural …

FAA Clears Virgin Galactic for Commercial Spaceflight

The FAA has given Virgin Galactic approval to begin transporting commercial passengers to suborbital space aboard its VSS spaceplane. The company promises stunning views of Earth and several minutes of weightlessness during a two-hour trip.

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SpaceX Explosion Threatens Private Takeover of Space

An explosion Thursday in Cape Canaveral during a routine static test-fire of the nine Merlin 1D engines that power the first stage of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket is the company’s second catastrophic failure in the last two years, and puts at risk the expected private sector takeover of space flight.

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