Private Space Vehicles Begin to Fly, Including the SpaceShipTwo, but 2014 Crash May Slow Development, Business and Industry Trends Analysis

SpaceX hopes to send two tourists around the moon and back in the relatively near future; but bold visions for the future are standard for SpaceX founder Elon Musk, who also founded Tesla Motors.  Meanwhile, Boeing’s CST-100 “Starliner” is intended to fly astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS).  The CST-100 capsule is propelled by a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, and the company hoped for a manned flight as early as 2018.  This is huge news, since America has been relying on Russian spacecraft to get to the ISS for years, since the end of the Space Shuttle…

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