IT & Network Infrastructure : NASA Outsourcing Space Station Transport to SpaceX
After eBay purchased PayPal for $1.5 billion in 2002, the electronic pay services co-founder Elon Musk reached deep into his new, fat wallet and pointed to the stars for his next project, founding an aerospace company called SpaceX (Space Exploration Technologies). Musk's goal was to take private enterprise into space and six years later, NASA awarded SpaceX a $1.6 billion contract to design, build and operate a resupply program to the International Space Station. Under the contract, SpaceX will fill the gap in American spaceflight to the International Space Station when the Space Shuttle retires in 2010. An eWEEK look at Musk's private space venture.