If anything, this launch is sad. The US has no space launch capability anymore and has to contract out flights to foreign countries and now private companies.
The US still has a space launch capability. It's just being done by private industry instead of by the government.
Why is it sad that space travel has progressed to the point where it is a matter for private industry instead of big government?
The US government is focusing its development efforts on rockets that are much larger and heavier than the ones that private industry is building. Although there is some possibility that private industry will overtake the government when it comes to very large rockets too.