The SpaceX Dragon capsule has docked, NASA has a new partner in space exploration, and I am among a handful of writers who saw this coming:
(Wired News) — The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft successfully berthed with the International Space Station this morning after a long overnight approach including several unplanned maneuvers. The crew at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California, concluded a long night of flight demonstrations and troubleshooting by watching astronaut Don Pettit control the station’s robotic arm and grapple the Dragon at 6:56 a.m. PDT.
Not to blow my own horn, but allow me to blow SpaceX’s horn along with mine: I Told You So So. Maybe not you the FTB regular nice enough to humor me by reading my scribblings, but did I see this coming years ago and I Told Everyone. Outside of a few NASA insider rebels, a few thoughtful readers, and some plucky entrepreneurs, I took some shit for that from conservatives and progressives for the last three years running.
“Why is Obama destroying the space program?” many of my conservative friends jabbed. “No space junkets for billionaires!” some of my progressive friends griped. Well, like most things in science and politics, its way more complicated than simplistic soundbites, and hopefully soon I’ll have a more convincing case to put before you, Gentle Reader, as to why this is not just the best way to go, it’s the only viable way left. Consider for example that when the Falcon 9 aborted at the last second last week, SpaceX engineers replaced some engine parts while that bird was on the pad pointing skyward in just a few hours. I don’t know how much you know about government agencies, but NASA working with traditional cost-plus aerospace contractors could have dragged that operation out for weeks.
But for now, let me say just one more time, with the sumptuous vowels rolling over my tongue like delicious chocolate treats, I Told You So, and I Was Right.
Thank you, I’ll be here all week!