When they arrived, their teammates helped them lift the pound rocket onto a launch rail. When he reached zero, Traveler IV shot up off its launchpad, exhaust and flames pouring from its tail. For most of the history of spaceflight, sending a rocket to space required mobilizing resources on a national scale. The V-2 rocket, which was the first to reach space in , took well over a decade to develop and cost the Nazis a fortune. In the eight decades since, dozens of other countries—and a handful of billionaires —have produced their own rockets capable of suborbital flight.
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Private spaceflight is a spaceflight or the development of new spaceflight technology that is conducted and paid for by an entity other than a government agency. In the early decades of the Space Age , the government space agencies of the Soviet Union and United States pioneered space technology in collaboration with affiliated design bureaus in the USSR and private companies in the US, entirely funding both the development of new spaceflight technologies and the operational costs of spaceflight. The European Space Agency was formed in , largely following the same model of space technology development. Later on, large defense contractors began to develop and operate space launch systems , derived from government rockets. Private spaceflight in Earth orbit includes communications satellites , satellite television , satellite radio , astronaut transport and sub-orbital and orbital space tourism. In the s, entrepreneurs began designing—and by the s, deploying—space systems competitive to the national- monopoly governmental systems   of the early decades of the space age.
Timeline of private spaceflight
Most people today believe that the space arena is exclusively for government agencies and giant aerospace companies. The suggestion of amateurs carrying out space projects seems almost ludicrous because of the huge costs involved. In fact, amateurs do carry out real and substantial space related projects. Amateurs build and operate satellites, they communicate with space station crews via ham radio, they launch high power sub-orbital rockets, and they make discoveries in astronomy.
The following is a timeline of important events in the history of private spaceflight , including important technical as well as legislative and political advances. Though the industry has its origins in the early s, soon after the beginning of the Space Age , private companies did not begin conducting launches into space until the s, and it was not until the 21st century that multiple companies began privately developing and operating launch vehicles and spacecraft in earnest. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.