Inspiration4: Why SpaceX’s first all-private mission is a big deal

When 2001: A Space Odyssey was released in 1968, it didn’t feel like a stretch to dream of lounging in a space hotel, sipping a martini while watching Earth drift by. This vision got a boost in the early 1980s, when the space shuttle program heralded a future of frequent and routine trips to orbit. And when the first…


This entry originally appeared at www.technologyreview.com/2021/09/15/1035797/inspiration4-spacex-private-mission, and may be a summary or abridged version.