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The Race to Space: Part I

NASA is hoping a little competition will spur the commercial space industry. The agency is providing half a million dollars in seed money for private companies to develop space vehicles. In part one

The Race to Space: Part I

NASA is hoping a little competition will spur the commercial space industry.
The agency is providing half a million dollars in seed money for private companies to develop space vehicles. The arrangement is unprecedented in the nearly 50-year history of the space agency. NASA hopes the private-sector vehicles can bridge an expected gap when the Space Shuttle fleet is grounded in 2010.

In part one of our three-part series on the commercial race to space, KPBS morning anchor Dwane Brown spoke with the founder of a Poway company that's leading the charge. SpaceDev is the world's first publicly traded commercial space company. I asked the Chairman Jim Benson why he's so excited about space. (click the "listen" icon to hear the story)

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