30 years after Challenger, private companies picking up where NASA left off
PITTSBURGH — When a then-8-year-old Jackie Erickson watched on live television as the space shuttle Challenger exploded in mid-air, she had no idea the tragedy would transform the future of space exploration.
Erickson, the director of communications for Pittsburgh-based Astrobotic Technology, now works for a private company that has made its name in contracting with governments and other private companies in developing robotics technology to be used in space travel and exploration.
The company is just one of several like SpaceX that has picked up where NASA left off, carrying forward with technological innovations in a new age of space exploration.
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