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Hauling cargo into space is becoming a viable commercial venture. Wired notes two milestones on September 29. SpaceX successfully launched version 1.1 of their Falcon rocket. And Orbital Sciences docked its Cygnus space capsule with the International Space Station delivering 1,300 pounds of supplies. That demonstration mission triggered Orbital’s $1.9 billion contract with NASA for eight more flights.

Yale Insights looked at the business of private space flight and talked with Orbital’s Bill Claybaugh ’83 about the “high risk, low return” industry.

1:06 PM - 1 Oct 13