There is an "inspiring future for Space Exploration" according to Elon Musk, founder of the space exploration technology company SpacEx
“There is now hope for a bright future in space exploration, " he says in a statement
on April 15, 2010.
His statement was in anticipation of President Obama’s announcement
on the same date of his new vision for space exploration.
Although some have been disappointed by the cancellation of the moon landing program earlier this year, Musk believes the move will stimulate more cost-effective initiatives by private enterprise and will indeed open up new hope for exciting and innovative space exploration.
According to Musk, the new plans will harness free enterprise and stimulate innovative technologies to create affordable but reliable rockets.
He stresses that any such developments will have to be overseen by NASA and the FAA and continues that this will also
free up the NASA resources necessary to develop interplanetary transport technologies. This is critically important if we are to reach Mars, the next giant leap in human exploration of the Universe.
His enthusiasm echoes that of President Obama himself, who had said during his speech at NASA
on 15 April that
by 2025, we expect new spacecraft designed for long journeys to allow us to begin the first-ever crewed missions beyond the moon into deep space. We’ll start by sending astronauts to an asteroid for the first time in history. By the mid-2030s, I believe we can send humans to orbit Mars and return them safely to Earth. And a landing on Mars will follow. And I expect to be around to see it.
The President announced a $6 billion budget for NASA research over the next five years and has also expressed support for using private companies to transport American astronauts to the International Space Station.
SpacEx was established in 2002 by Internet entrepreneur Musk (he was the founder of both PayPal and the Zip2 Corporation) and the company's successes have included two new Falcon launch vehicles. Both SpacEx and another private company, Orbital, have already secured COTS (Commercial Orbital Transportation Services) funding from NASA.