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How Private Spaceships Will Inspire Future Generations: Q&A with Paul Kostek

•, by Denise Chow
 As a new fleet of private spaceships prepare to take flight by 2015, the age of commercial spaceflight may be just around the corner.

With the idea of space vacations no longer the stuff of science fiction, the rise of commercial spaceflight could be a crucial game changer for the aerospace industry. NASA is expecting to purchase seats aboard private space vehicles to ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station.

This type of high-profile paradigm shift may be just the kind of excitement that is needed to inspire the next generation of engineers, scientists and space explorers, according to Paul Kostek, former president U.S. division of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE-USA).

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