…Damn, but I love living in the future sometimes.
The crew of the first all-private orbital space mission has spent Thursday, the first full day of the mission, circling the Earth every 90 minutes at over 17,000 mph.
SpaceX reported the Crew Dragon Resilience capsule with four civilians inside was traveling 363 miles high over Asia as of mid-morning, quickly moving over the massive continent. The altitude is a full hundred miles higher than the International Space Station.
Four civilians in a orbital mission is nice. But what we need is a few years when there’s always at least one civilian mission in orbit all the time. Or four missions. Or as many as we need up there. There’s a legitimate place for NASA, up there. But there are places for everybody else, too.