New SpaceX update available

(via Clark at HobbySpace RLV and Space Transport News)

Elon Musk has posted a new update at the SpaceX website.

There’s plenty to read, including some information about the company’s recent COTS win, pictures of the Falcon-9 with a Dragon crew capsule – showing, for the first time, a launch escape tower – and some very interesting words on SpaceX’s pricing policy. Well worth a read.

The update also mentions that SpaceX is in discussions with Bigelow Aerospace, about providing crew and cargo services to Bigelow’s planned commercial space complex. This is not at all surprising – if both companies can field their respective vehicles, it will be a match made in heaven. And if Bigelow gets anywhere near his current traffic projections (20 crew and cargo launches in the third year of operation) we might just start to see what a robust flight rate can do to lower launch costs.

None of this is a done deal, of course – there is a lot of water to flow under the bridge before we see a commercial crew fly to a commercial space station on a commercial rocket.

But despite the risk, the possibilities are pretty exciting.

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