Space X is currently readying it`s Dragon capsule for a cargo mission to the ISS next month. The craft`s manifest includes 1000 pounds of supplies such as water, food and clothing for the astronauts aboard the space station. Now that the space shuttle has been retired, SpaceX wants in on the potentially lucrative multibillion-dollar job of ferrying astronauts and cargo to the ISS. In order to do so, SpaceX needs to make sure its capsule, which is built to fit up to a crew of seven is safe for manned spaceflight.
This looks like the shape of things to come. As NASA funding shrinks private enterprise takes up the reigns.