Exploration is a critical aspect of humanity. From around the world, through history, and now into-outer-space, exploration consistently remains paramount. We need it. We just do. Humans are wonderful, nothing pleases us more than a little well-mannered frivolity. It might sound strange to compare exploration with light-heartedness, but it is actually necessary. In early history, exploration was basically dependent on survival. It was necessary for us to explore new lands in order to survive. As time went on we grew as a species. Now, Post 2nd Millennia A.D., exploration is just as important as ever.
Houston, we have a solution.
NASA, The National Aeronautics & Space Administration, along with 6 other private companies, will launch humans into space in the near future. They are as follows:
Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) Company: SpaceX Spaceship Name: Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket Founder(s): Elon Musk, co-founder of PayPal Backing: $100 million of Musk personal fortune, $20 million more from outside investors Location: Hawthorne, California Launched the Business: 2002.
Orbital Sciences Company: Orbital Sciences Spaceship Name: Cygnus and Taurus 2 rocket Founder(s): David W. Thompson, Bruce W. Ferguson, Scott L. Webster Backing: Publicly traded company, $1.1 billion in revenue Location: Dulles, Virginia Launched the Business: 1982.
Bigelow Aerospace Company: Bigelow Aerospace Spaceship Name: Sundancer and BA-330 Founder(s): Robert Bigelow Backing: $180 million of his personal fortune as owner of the Budget Suites of America hotel chain. Location: North Las Vegas, Nevada Launched the Business: 1999.
SpaceDev/Sierra Nevada Corp. Company: SpaceDev Spaceship Name: Dream Chaser Founder: Jim Benson (deceased), now led by Fatih Ozmen Backing: Sierra Nevada Corp., of Sparks, Nev. Location: Poway, Calif. Launched the Business: 1997.
Blue Origin Company: Blue Origin Spaceship Name: New Shepard Founder(s): Jeff Bezos Backing: His personal fortune as founder of Amazon.com Location: Kent, Washington Launched the Business: 2004.
Virgin Galactic Company: Virgin Galactic Spaceship Name: SpaceShipTwo Founder(s): British Billionaire Sir Richard Branson Backing: His personal fortune as founder of Virgin Group Location: London, England, and Spaceport, New Mexico Launched the Business: 2004.
Things are looking up!