A short update – SpaceX successfully test-fired its first Falcon 9 launch vehicle today at the Cape in Florida, which will eventually carry their Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station as part of a first-of-its-kind contract with NASA. Dragon is reusable and designed to carry unpressurized or pressurized cargo, ultimately including astronauts.
Stay tuned, guys. If my sense here is correct, the ultimate success or failure of this system will define the role of private industry in space exploration for the next couple of decades.
Here’s wishing SpaceX well.