5754649 story Space Shuttle To Be Replaced By SpaceX For ISS Resupply 297 Posted by timothy on Tuesday September 01, 2009 @06:12PM from the how-to-squelch-space-mercantilism? dept. destinyland writes "Next year SpaceX will perform resupply missions for the International Space Station after the Space Shuttle is grounded, as part of a $3.5 billion NASA resupply contract. 'The fledgling space industry is reminiscent of the early days of the personal computer,' notes one technology reporter, 'when a number of established vendors and startups reversed-engineered Microsoft's DOS and manufactured PCs using the Intel 8080 chip set. We're likely to see a similar industry shakeout in the private space vehicle market segment in the coming decades.'"