Space, the new frontier for privatization

There’s nothing like the promise of space exploration and future cities on the surface of Mars to capture the collective social imagination since Sputnik went into space. Yesterday those dreams took a significant step forward with the successful launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The goal of the inaugural launch was to ultimately test viability of the commercial platform as a replacement for the shuttle through 2016 for delivering cargo to the International Space Station.

Nine minutes after launch the rocket achieved orbit.