Can Private Companies Safely Launch Astronauts Into Space – Continued

This Week in Space with Miles O’Brien Interviews SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. As a decision nears from President Obama on the future of the manned space program, Elon Musk of SpaceX denies his rockets will be unsafe for astronauts. SpaceX CEO Musk makes the point that the Aires launch system will not be ready until […]

This Week in Space with Miles O’Brien Interviews SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. As a decision nears from President Obama on the future of the manned space program, Elon Musk of SpaceX denies his rockets will be unsafe for astronauts.

SpaceX CEO Musk makes the point that the Aires launch system will not be ready until 2017. The cargo version of SpaceX Falcon rocket is ready for testing now. Design for the crew escape vehicle is expected to take 3 years, but again well ahead of the Aires.