Commercial Spaceflight And The Dawning Age of NewSpace

XCOR engineer talks about being a rocket scientist

Anita Solanki, 26, grew up watching rocket ships soar across the sky. She could see the shuttle launches taking place at Kennedy Space Center nearly 125 miles away from the backyard of her family’s home in Tampa, Florida.

She remembers the yellow-orange burn of the engine and the thin trail of smoke it left behind as the rocket ascended, climbing higher and higher into space. On clear days, the smoke trail sometimes lasted as much as 10 minutes after the shuttle disappeared into deep blue.

“You see that shuttle launch and everything just gets super happy, super excited,” Solanki said. “I could not stop jumping up and down because it was right from my backyard and I could just watch it.”

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