AirTalk for December 17, 2013

SpaceX scores rights to historic NASA launchpad

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SpaceX CEO Elon Musk participates in a discussion at the New York Times 2013 DealBook Conference in New York at the New York Times Building on November 12, 2013 in New York City.

Los Angeles-based Space Exploration Technologies Corp., AKA SpaceX, has won leasing rights to a Kennedy Space Center launch pad used for myriad moon missions over the decades. Elon Musk's company was up against Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ spaceflight company, Blue Origins, which challenged the decision-making process of the the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

SpaceX acknowledged the disgruntlement by saying it will give other commercial entities access to the launch pad. Both companies have received NASA funding to develop spaceships capable of sending astronauts to space. It's another development in the continuing trend of joint public-private spaceflight advancement.

Guest: 

Joel Achenbach, National Reporter at the Washington Post


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