SpaceX has a full launch manifest for placing satellites into earth orbit. Others like XCOR are betting there are revenues in $1M-a-seat space tourism. All they need to do is build a safe, reliable, reusable flying machine.
One of the advantages and disadvantages of a free market economy (or mostly free market) is that something like commercial space travel on large scale will happen when people believe there is money to be made - and will ONLY happen when people believe there is money to be made.
Maybe that time is now. Or if not now, then soon.
If the commercial crew effort works, and will know a lot more if SpaceX launches on Saturday morning, they and presumably other competitors will free up NASA to move beyond low Earth orbit and work once again on manned missions in the solar system.
For much more on SpaceX, we highly recommend this:
I always respect America. Before this decade, the notion that killing NASA is a bad thing will fade. People will see private companies sustaining the space industry and that will be good for tax payers.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.