Which Companies Are Winning the Commercial Space Race?

The launch is hugely important for the commercial space industry; for the first time since the start of the space race between the U.S. and the Soviet … The space race between the U.S. and the USSR has long run its course. In the wake of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy successfully launching yesterday, which country is leading today's new commercial space race?

Apollo 11 lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin stands on the moon near the American flag during NASA's historic first manned moon landing on July 20, 1969. Most people agree that the space race ended on July 20, 1969, when Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon for the first time [source: National Air and Space Museum].As the climax of space history so far, the lunar landing essentially squelched the heated competition between the United States and the USSR.. Virgin Galactic, SpaceX, and Blue Origin are the highest-profile commercial space companies in the world. But the story isn't opened and closed so quickly.