At some liberal leaning sites they are lamenting the success of SpaceX and its Falcon 9 launch and Dragon flight as ushering in the era of space for the super rich at the expense of the people. This could not be farther from the truth.
Space up to this point has been the sole parlance of governments; sure there are numerous private satellites in orbit giving us HBO and MTV but they are launched and operated at the sufferance of world governments. Government controls how they are launched and what is allowed to be launched. With today’s launch there is now a chance that the people in the form of investors and entrepreneurs can take control of space providing jobs and profits that are not at the whim of governments and bureaucrats.
If you believe as I do that man’s future is in space this mission today is a watershed event. One man with a vision and risking his own money and reputation has started us on the true path to space exploration and colonization. The reason that Elon Musk started SpaceX is his belief that man needs to go to space to survive and I share that belief.