O'Keefe talks to CSM about commercial spaceflight

Sean OKeefe 2017Two astronauts are set to blast off from Cape Canaveral on Wednesday, May 27, as a final test of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft. This test launch aims to kick off NASA’s new commercial crew program, in which private companies become the space agency’s ferry service. "It’s an important inflection point, if you will, of now seeing the opportunity for commercial transportation of humans into space," says University Professor Sean O’Keefe, former administrator of NASA. "This is much akin to the transition when the first civil aviation aircraft took off decades ago after many decades of it being exclusively a public endeavor." O'Keefe was interviewed for the Christian Science Monitor article "Rocketing toward history: Why spaceflight still captivates America." 05/27/20