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Would You Consider Flying to Space in This Affordable Rocket Ship?

At the program’s zenith, NASA’s shuttle took only a handful of trips to space every year. Jeff Greason envisions something more like Southwest Airlines for his company XCOR. His cadre of aerospace engineers is hunkered down in the Mojave Desert, working on a spacecraft prototype with a very ambitious goal: four daily, safe, round-trip flights to space, five days a week. If XCOR can succeed, they’ll take more people to space in a period of six months (and for less money) than NASA did over 30 years. Production company Freethink documents the work of XCOR in this episode from the series The New Space Race.

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