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The next step in the final frontier

In October 2012, another landmark in the short but eventful history of space exploration was reached when the unmanned spacecraft Dragon carried commercial cargo to the International Space Station (ISS). The mission marked the first time a private spacecraft docked with the ISS, a joint venture between several national space agencies. This article discusses how government space agencies are collaborating with private companies to cut costs while still pushing the boundaries of space exploration. In doing so, it examines some recent space projects, including the Dragon project and the Falcon 9 rocket, noting that these projects cost less than half of what it would have if developed by NASA. Next, the article details how projects that are partnered with private sector companies require different ways of project management; for example, managing milestones, stakeholders and intellectual property require a different approach. It also overviews how projects undertaken by China's government and India's government h
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