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  • SpaceX Falcon rocket nails safe landing in pivotal space feat

    12/22/2015 2:46:25 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Dec 22, 2015 12:08am EST | Joe Skipper
    A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Florida on Monday with a payload of communications satellites before the reusable main-stage booster turned around, soared back to Cape Canaveral and landed safely near its launch pad in a dramatic spaceflight first. The successful mission, capped by delivery of all 11 satellites to orbit for launch customer ORBCOMM Inc (ORBC.O), unfolded in just over 30 minutes and marked a pivotal reversal of fortunes for privately owned Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, founded by high-tech entrepreneur Elon Musk.
  • Watch live: SpaceX Falcon 9 launch from Cape Canaveral

    12/21/2015 9:06:56 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    orlandosentinel ^ | 12/21/2015
    SpaceX is scheduled to launch its upgraded Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, carrying a payload of 11 ORBCOMM-2 satellites at 8:33 p.m. ... Watch the live video above starting at 8 p.m. or at
  • SpaceX countdown to launch! [Live Thread]

    04/13/2015 1:05:27 PM PDT · by CivilWarBrewing · 45 replies
    YouTube ^ | April 13, 2015 | CivilWarBrewing
    The countdown is on! This could be a very historic mission with the return of the booster to a landing pad in the ocean.
  • Another undersea Internet cable damaged in Mideast: Indian firm (4th?)

    02/03/2008 11:18:41 PM PST · by Lorianne · 73 replies · 153+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 03 February 2008
    NEW DELHI (AFP) - - Another Middle East undersea Internet cable has been damaged, adding to disruption in Indian online services caused when several lines were cut earlier this week, a cable operating firm said Saturday. The Falcon cable was cut 56 kilometres (35 miles) from Dubai, between Oman and the United Arab Emirates, according to its owner FLAG Telecom, part of India's Reliance Communications. The company said on its website that a repair ship had been notified and was expected to arrive at the site in the next few days. The cause of the latest cable damage was not...
  • A fifth undersea communications cable damaged (Whats going on?)

    02/06/2008 10:34:16 AM PST · by maquiladora · 135 replies · 648+ views
    Digital Silence ^ | February 6, 2008, 9:21 am
    What is going on?? It appears that a fifth undersea communications cable has been damaged. The estimated 1.7 million Internet users in the UAE have been affected by the recent undersea cable damage. A total of five cables being operated by two submarine cable operators have been damaged with a fault in each. These are SeaMeWe-4 (South East Asia-Middle East-Western Europe-4) near Penang, Malaysia, the FLAG Europe-Asia near Alexandria, FLAG near the Dubai coast, FALCON near Bandar Abbas in Iran and SeaMeWe-4, also near Alexandria.
  • SpaceX completes critical Falcon 9 landing

    07/23/2014 9:46:33 PM PDT · by Moonman62 · 8 replies
    KXXV ^ | 07/24/14 | Bruce Gietzen
    SpaceX released video today of another successful soft landing of its Falcon 9 rocket, this time in the Atlantic Ocean. The test confirms that the Falcon 9 booster is able to consistently reenter from space at hypersonic velocity, restart main engines twice, deploy landing legs and touch down at near zero velocity. After landing, the vehicle tipped sideways as planned to its final water safing state in a nearly horizontal position. The water impact caused loss of hull integrity, but SpaceX received all the necessary data to achieve a successful landing on a future flight. The company says it is...
  • Terrifying ride that drops you 335 FEET head first at 60mph opens up to the public

    05/20/2014 5:40:13 AM PDT · by C19fan · 42 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 20, 2014 | Leon Watson
    On first glance, this may look like the kind of vertical ride you find at your average amusement park. But it's not - it is a whopping 335ft tall. Busch Gardens' new giant Falcon's Fury ride, the tallest freestanding drop tower in north America, is open to the public at the theme park in Tampa, Florida. When riders get to the top - as many as 32 at one time - their seats are tilted forward 90 degrees so that they're directly facing the ground when released.
  • SpaceX Webcast - Thaicom6 Falcon 9 Launch Success!

    01/06/2014 9:05:56 PM PST · by Kolath · 2 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1/6/14 | Megneous
    SpaceX Webcast Thaicom 6 Falcon 9 successful Launch on January 6, 2014 Launch is at the end....first 40 minutes is a pre launch show explaining the Falcon 9, its current mission, and future launches with a reusable 1st stage called "grasshopper".
  • Incredible POV Video of Peregrine Falcon Killing a Duck in Mid Air

    05/04/2013 7:28:53 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 20 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | MAY 04.2013 | DL Cade
    The Peregrine Falcon, also known as the Duck Hawk (a fact you won’t soon forget after watching this video), is a spectacular bird of prey. Claiming the title of fastest member of the animal kingdom, a Peregrine Falcon can reach speeds in excess of 200mph during its characteristic high-speed hunting dives — take that cheetah.
  • SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch Live Thread (05/19/2012) 04:55 EDT) First Commercial Rocket into Space!

    05/18/2012 6:50:06 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 81 replies
    05/18/12 | Kevin Davis
    Best of luck to SpaceX.
  • Pentagon releases results of 13,000-mph test flight over Pacific

    04/21/2012 8:17:26 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 65 replies
    LA Times ^ | 4/20/12 | W.J. Hennigan
    The results are in from last summer’s attempt to test new technology that would provide the Pentagon with a lightning-fast vehicle, capable of delivering a military strike anywhere in the world in less than an hour. In August the Pentagon's research arm, known as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, carried out a test flight of an experimental aircraft capable of traveling at 20 times the speed of sound. The arrowhead-shaped unmanned aircraft, dubbed Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2, blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, northwest of Santa Barbara, into the upper reaches of the Earth's atmosphere...
  • Questions about former UN weapons inspector's film (Ritter)

    04/12/2004 4:01:47 PM PDT · by Shermy · 17 replies · 697+ views
    Financial Times ^ | April 12, 2004 | Mark Turner
    Scott Ritter, formerly the top United Nations weapons inspector in Iraq, has long argued that claims that Saddam Hussein possessed biological, chemical and nuclear weapons programmes were massively exaggerated. His public campaign against the US-led invasion of Iraq made him a hated figure of the American right, which still demonises him as an apologist for the ousted Baghdad regime. Now, at the very moment when the absence of weapons of mass destruction in post-Saddam Iraq should make Mr Ritter feel vindicated, he faces new questions about his relationship with Baghdad after he quit his UN job in 1998. Mr Ritter...
  • Mars Madness -- Or not?

    05/22/2011 5:27:18 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 22 replies
    TMC Net ^ | 05/20/11 | Doug Mohney
    Last week, long-time Mars advocate Robert Zubrin published an op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal saying mankind could get to Mars on the cheap within 5 years using SpaceX (News - Alert) hardware -- but was he serious, or just fishing for a debate? Meanwhile, SpaceX continues to drop a trail of bread crumb hints that it's build up infrastructure capable of supporting a long-term commitment to Mars.
  • APNewsBreak: Perry seeks Calderon help in probe

    10/06/2010 10:50:16 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 11 replies
    Statesman ^ | Updated: 9:40 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010 | APRIL CASTRO
    AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Wednesday he has asked Mexico's president to call him in the next 48 hours to say that the body of an American reportedly shot to death on a border lake has been recovered. "If not, we're not looking hard enough," Perry told The Associated Press.
  • Jet Skier killed by Drug Cartel on Falcon Lake in Texas?

    10/01/2010 9:30:38 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 20 replies
    Just a matter of time before this was going to happen. HEY! Commander-in-Chief!....Any comment?
  • Sheriff: US man on jet ski shot in Mexican waters

    09/30/2010 9:24:55 PM PDT · by exbrit · 29 replies · 1+ views
    KVOA TUCSON ^ | 9/30/10 | Unspecified
    ZAPATA - A Texas sheriff says an American tourist was shot in Mexican waters after being approached by two boats of armed men. Zapata County Sheriff Sigifredo Gonzalez said Thursday that a 30-year-old man and his wife were riding jet skis back from Mexico when the gunmen approached. Gonzalez said the man was shot in the head as the couple sped away.
  • Wife Says Man Killed On Falcon Lake

    09/30/2010 7:43:11 PM PDT · by texas_mrs · 67 replies · 2+ views ^ | 9/30/10 | Polo Sandoval
    ZAPATA - Sheriff Sigifredo Gonzalez, Jr. tells CHANNEL 5 NEWS armed pirates shot at a McAllen couple on Falcon Lake this afternoon. The husband and wife were jetskiing near Old Guerrero. On their way back to shore, pirates in a boat pulled up next to them and started shooting at them. The husband was hit, possibly in the head. The woman tried to save him and ended up being at shot as well. She had to turn around and leave her husband in the water. She fears he's dead. CHANNEL 5 NEWS has a crew heading to Falcon Lake right...
  • UN Set to Reveal New Age "Messiah"? VIDEO - repost w/ link fixed

    07/01/2010 9:37:01 AM PDT · by nysuperdoodle · 48 replies
    Various Sources ^ | 01 Jul 10 | EC
    If you check in regularly with the Drudge Report, you probably remember the mysterious light spiral over Norway last year, and the multitude of explanations offered for it (I think we were finally told that it was a Russian missile experiment gone awry). Now there's a new light spiral in Australia, that isn't getting so much attention - and there aren't any Russian missile tests anywhere near there. So what gives? A quick visit to the website of Share International, a creepy, occultist, messianic New Age group headed by Benjamin Creme, says these light spirals in the sky are a...
  • New Weaponry Era Dawns with Unmanned Space Vehicles

    05/01/2010 8:10:33 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 580+ views
    Wharton Aerospace ^ | 4/30/2010 | Wharton Aerospace
    The Pentagon shot two unmanned space vehicles into Earth's orbit in April, underscoring its efforts to develop a super fast, high-altitude weapon system that could dominate from above even the highest-flying jet fighters. The Washington Times reported that the U. S. Air Force, which has jurisdiction in space, launched the troubled X-37B space plane for the first time. The unmanned plane piggybacked on an Atlas rocket into orbit. Once in orbit, it behaves much like the Space Shuttle, descending into Earth's atmosphere and then landing like a plane. The vehicle has been in development for more than 10 years and...
  • A Merry Heart

    03/06/2010 4:23:33 AM PST · by Revski · 104+ views
    revski o7jimmy youtubes ^ | 3/6/2010 | Revski
    Inspiring animation! Whistling, “I’ll Fly Away” is o7jimmy!
  • LOL Falcon

    03/04/2010 6:21:28 PM PST · by Revski · 17 replies · 483+ views
    revski youtubes ^ | 3/4/2010 | Revski
    Inspiring animation!
  • Judge sentences Richard Heene to four (4) years probation (Ballon boy hoax)

    12/23/2009 9:01:56 AM PST · by DCBryan1 · 7 replies · 639+ views
    Fox news Alert (Live) ^ | 23 DEC 09 | dcbryan1
    CO Judge sentences the father of 6 year old Falcon Heene, who was part of the "balloon" hoax earlier this year to four (4) years of probation.....
  • Raw;Heene Family Home Video Shows Balloon Takeoff

    10/16/2009 12:41:51 PM PDT · by coon2000 · 82 replies · 2,854+ views
    As the homemade balloon took to the air, Richard Heene blasts wife about tethering. • While world worried, 'balloon boy' was safe in attic
  • “Balloon Boy” Admits: “We Did This For The Show”

    10/15/2009 8:21:48 PM PDT · by thedailyjabber · 23 replies · 1,498+ views
    The Daily Jabber ^ | 10/13/09 | Dale Gordon
    I realize this may be posted as a comment, in the original thread but may be even bigger than the original breaking news.
  • Falcon 1 to launch today

    08/02/2008 7:35:12 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 25 replies · 58+ views ^ | 08/02/08 | STEPHEN CLARK
    SpaceX will attempt to launch their privately-developed Falcon 1 rocket for the third time Saturday evening, the company announced just hours before the appointed liftoff time. The 70-foot-tall two-stage rocket is on track for blastoff at 7 p.m. EDT (2300 GMT) Saturday, the opening of a five-hour launch window that extends until midnight EDT (0400 GMT) Sunday, according to a SpaceX statement.
  • Sailing into space

    07/05/2008 1:36:44 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 4 replies · 83+ views
    This summer, NASA plans to propel a satellite the size of a loaf of bread through space with an ultra-thin, 100-square-foot sail called NanoSail-D. Developed and constructed in just six months as the result of a partnership between Marshall Space Flight Center and Ames Research Center, NASA will ride the sail into space on an upcoming flight of the new Falcon 1 launch vehicle developed by Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) of Hawthorne, California. The launch is scheduled for take place from Omelek Island in the Pacific Ocean. Once in space, a Poly Picosatellite Orbital Deployer, or P-POD, developed at the...
  • Baby falcon born on San Jose City Hall crashes into building, dies

    06/17/2008 3:43:04 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 49 replies · 137+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 6/17/08 | Lisa Fernandez
    A peregrine falcon named Cielo has died after the 2-month-old bird likely crashed into San Jose City Hall where she and her family have been living on a ledge. She is believed to have died late Monday night or early Tuesday morning after being driven to an animal hospital that specializes in birds on Monday morning. Cielo's siblings, Meyye and Mercury, are alive and well. In fact, her sister and brother, respectively, are flying about, and expected to leave the nest - literally - sometime this summer. The falcon family has drawn widespread interest from bird watchers throughout the world...
  • An Invitation to a New Revolution in America

    05/13/2008 6:08:18 PM PDT · by pissant · 130 replies · 93+ views
    Falconparty ^ | May 14, 2008 | Alexander J. Madison
    May 14th, 2008 To our fellow American countrymen, Today, we invite you to join us on a journey to form a political alliance that will reshape our history and steer us back to the wisdom of our founding principles. If your blood runs a patriotic red, white & blue; if you wish to see the Federal Government function within its constitutional limitations; if you are tired of politically correct platitudes and policies that defy common sense; and if you reject the creeping socialism that both major political parties have embraced, please take a few minutes to learn about the FALCON...
  • Merlin Falcon & Song

    04/05/2008 8:30:12 AM PDT · by Revski · 142+ views
    YouTube Video (o7jimmy) ^ | 4/5/08 | Revski
    Hear the sound of a Merlin Falcon when it sings. This falcon also has killed chickens and has been called a chicken hawk but is really a falcon. This falcon is a very majestic and beautiful bird of prey.
  • FALCON PARTY - Philosophy and Platform

    02/19/2008 5:49:19 PM PST · by pissant · 141 replies · 859+ views ^ | 2/19/08 | Staff
    Philosophy America The US Constitution is the finest and most enlightened governing document in the history of nations. The blessings of the Almighty were present as the men from the various former colonies crafted a system of republican rule that struck the fundamental balance between God-given individual freedoms, the autonomy of the States, and the necessity of a limited, but strong triumvirate federal government. The FALCON party recognizes not only the brilliance of our Constitution, but also the solemn duty to abide by its provisions. The Founders provided a mechanism to change the stipulations held within the Constitution, and the...
  • The Death of the GOP and the Birth of a New Political Party

    01/29/2008 9:52:21 PM PST · by pissant · 495 replies · 1,322+ views
    RMS941 ^ | 1/29/08 | AJ Madison
    Alexander J. Madison – January 29, 2008 Fellow citizens, I was holding out hope that we could save the Republican Party from it’s slow, deliberate and painful march towards irrelevance. But with the only Reaganite in the primary election, Duncan Hunter, dropping out this past weekend, and Tom Tancredo long gone after being pilloried by the GOP cheerleaders on ‘conservative’ talk radio, and Fred Thompson, the only other reasonably traditional conservative, unable to get the necessary traction for a competitive race against the moderates, it is time to cut our losses and let the collapse take its natural course. The...
  • Atlanta will see if USC's Carroll has interest in NFL return

    01/09/2008 12:42:15 PM PST · by stainlessbanner · 31 replies · 387+ views
    yahoo ^ | Jan 9, 2008
    Late Tuesday night,, citing multiple sources, reported that Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank is pursuing USC coach Pete Carroll according to a report in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. According to the story, the Falcons "might be willing to grant Carroll far-reaching responsibilities." The Falcons on Tuesday said they were extending their simultaneous searches for a new head coach and general manager. On Tuesday, the Falcons were granted permission to interview Tennessee defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz. That interview is slated for this week. But the team was denied permission to talk to New York Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo.
  • Private rocket reaches the stars

    03/21/2007 3:13:14 AM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 32 replies · 850+ views
    BBC ^ | Wednesday, March 21, 2007
    This is the second attempt to loft the rocket Privateer Elon Musk has launched his budget rocket, Falcon-1, from Omelek Island in the South Pacific. The 21m-long vehicle lifted off at 1810 California time (0110 GMT) and rose to an altitude of 200 miles (320km). Mr Musk, who co-founded the internet financial system PayPal, wants to lower the cost of access to space. The flight did not achieve all its goals, but the businessman said it demonstrated the vision of his Space Exploration Technologies Corporation. The mission was the second attempt to loft the rocket; the first ended when...
  • Falcon rocket blasts off; fate unknown

    03/20/2007 6:47:57 PM PDT · by cabojoe · 17 replies · 940+ views ^ | 3/20/07 | SpaceflightNow
    The second test flight of the low-cost SpaceX Falcon 1 rocket blasted off at 0110 GMT (9:10 p.m. EDT) tonight from a remote island in the Pacific Ocean. About five minutes into the flight, telemetry was lost as the second stage was firing.
  • Revised 'Super Slab' proposal outlined(Toll Road-Colorado Corridor)

    08/29/2006 8:04:14 PM PDT · by Marius3188 · 9 replies · 1,311+ views
    The Denver Business Journal ^ | 28 Aug 2006 | The Denver Business Journal
    Super Slab, the proposed 210-mile long road curving through Colorado's eastern plains from Fort Collins to Pueblo, has been reborn as the $2.5 billion "Prairie Falcon Parkway Express." The Front Range Toll Road Ltd., doing business as the Prairie Falcon Parkway Express Company, announced Monday it has filed a new corridor plan with the Colorado Secretary of State's office. The company is sending official notices via certified mail to owners of property along the project's path, said spokesman Jason Hopfer. About 4,000 notices were mailed, although the company figures there's only about 2,000 individual property owners -- some owning more...
  • Operation River Falcon: ‘We’re taking the fight to these guys’

    08/04/2006 5:49:27 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 316+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Staff Sgt. Kevin Lovel
    ARAB JABUR, Iraq (Army News Service, Aug. 3, 2006) – In an effort to provide safety for local residents, reduce the number of IEDs and deny safe havens and supply routes for terrorists, Soldiers from Multi-National Division – Baghdad’s Troop B, 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, worked alongside Iraqi soldiers from 5th Battalion, 4th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division to conduct dismounted cordon and knock missions in support of Operation River Falcon. “This is the first time we’ve had a lot of troopers out here (Arab Jabur) in force,” said 1st Lt. Patrick Rice, scout platoon leader,...
  • We've been through anti-American types before

    06/20/2006 7:56:00 AM PDT · by conservativehusker · 5 replies · 261+ views
    I watched a tape of the Falcon and Snowman last night...It got my blood boiling. The same arguments that Anti-Americans are using today are the same Chris (Timothy Hutton) gave in 1974. No government or country is any better than another... even the Ditsy Chicks say why be patriotic.. Even his drug dealing friend knew it was wrong to sell out ones country...he did it because he thought he knew more than the leaders of the country.
  • SpaceX Expects Launch Thursday

    03/22/2006 3:42:09 PM PST · by KevinDavis · 11 replies · 360+ views ^ | 03/22/06 | Braddock Gaskill
    SpaceX anticipates a maiden launch attempt of their Falcon 1 rocket on this Thursday, March 23rd, at 1pm California time (21:00 GMT), with a final decision pending a detailed data analysis of today's testing. A flawless flight readiness test with a three second engine firing was completed on the pad late Tuesday.
  • F-16 Fighting Falcon covers multiple missions

    03/17/2006 3:56:57 PM PST · by SandRat · 9 replies · 1,001+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Senior Airman Joel Mease
    3/17/2006 - SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. (AFPN) -- Hundreds of physical and mental training hours go into being a part of one of the most advanced careers in the world -- an F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot. The F-16’s multiple missions, such as air-to-air and air-to-ground combat, make it one of the most versatile aircraft in the Air Force, said Capt. Charlie Wolfsandle, 55th Fighter Squadron assistant training officer. To be selected to fly the F-16, an individual has to pass a battery of physical and mental tests. Pilots are selected for training when they receive a commission and are...
  • Flight of the Falcon: Private Rocket Set for Late March

    02/27/2006 7:03:35 PM PST · by KevinDavis · 7 replies · 358+ views ^ | 02/27/06 | Leonard David
    Another spot on the calendar has been targeted for the maiden takeoff of the privately built Falcon 1 launch vehicle, designed and constructed by Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) of El Segundo, California. “Looks like we are on for a March 20-25 launch window,” said Elon Musk, SpaceX chairman and chief executive officer. “We are also going to do another static fire to check out the system about four days before launch,” he told
  • F16I Sufa deliveries to Israeli Defence Forces

    12/13/2005 6:04:07 AM PST · by RightCanuck · 47 replies · 3,465+ views ^ | ? |
    The long-awaited Israeli F-16I Sufa (‘Storm') rolled off Lockheed Martin's production line in Texas last week into the waiting hands of Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz, who was on scene to receive the new aircraft, the first of 102 ordered by Jerusalem in 1997. The Israeli Air Force (IAF) chose to acquire the latest version of the world renowned Lockheed Martin F-16 over additional purchases of the more expensive twin engine Boeing F-15I - for which the IAF placed an order for 25 in 1997. The estimated $4.5 billion dollar F-16I deal ($45 million per aircraft) will be financed by...
  • New entry in orbital launch business ready for first flight

    11/26/2005 12:48:50 PM PST · by KevinDavis · 100 replies · 1,088+ views
    KESQ News ^ | 11/26/05
    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. A newly developed rocket designed to break into the orbital launch business with low-cost service is waiting on a Pacific atoll to make its maiden flight. The Falcon 1 had been scheduled for launch yesterday from a pad in the Marshall Islands but the launch was bumped back to 1 p-m today because of preparations for a missile defense test launch. The rocket's payload is a satellite for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the Air Force Academy. FalconSat-2 will measure space plasma phenomena, which can impair space-based communications. The Falcon 1 rocket is the first...
  • New rocket company prepares for blast-off

    11/21/2005 6:11:52 PM PST · by KevinDavis · 6 replies · 233+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 11/21/05 | Kelly Young
    A fledgling rocket company will attempt its first commercial launch on Friday 25 November, carrying a satellite for the US air force. Space-X will challenge larger, more established launch companies with a simple, reusable rocket design. Lift-off for the Falcon 1 rocket is scheduled for 2100 GMT on Friday from the Reagan Test Site on Kwajalein Atoll in the western Pacific Ocean. If everything goes to plan, Falcon 1 will deploy the FalconSat-2 satellite for the US Air Force Academy. The satellite will investigate how the Earth's ionosphere interferes with the Global Positioning System (GPS) and military satellite communications.
  • Falcon 1 launch delayed

    10/25/2005 7:27:56 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 5 replies · 312+ views
    he first flight of the Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) Falcon 1 launch vehicle has been delayed to the first week of December at the earliest. “Nozzle erosion problems and the need to complete performance testing before conducting an inaugural launch [caused further delay],” chief executive Elon Musk told Fight International at this year’s International Astronautical Congress held in Fukuoka, Japan. The launch had already been delayed to late September from August and then again to 31 October, due to the need to move the launch from Vandenberg AFB to the Kwajalein site in the Marshall Islands and technical issues. The...
  • Edwards, DARPA explore new C-17 capability

    10/12/2005 5:14:12 PM PDT · by Boundless · 26 replies · 1,280+ views
    USAF: 95th Air Base Wing Public Affairs ^ | October 7, 2005 | Christopher Ball
    The rear of the aircraft yawned open, and at the prompt of "five, four, three, two, one, green light," the loadmasters released the restraints and a 65-foot rocket slid out the back of the aircraft beginning its descent to the desert floor. The rocket drop was a test mission -- the first of a series dubbed the Falcon Small Launch Vehicle program. The program is a joint venture between the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the Air Force. It is designed to develop a new method of putting a 1,000-pound payload into low-Earth orbit. This first test was the...
  • SpaceX sets date

    10/04/2005 6:29:27 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 5 replies · 266+ views
    SpaceX has scheduled its first launch of the Falcon I low-cost booster for 31 October from Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific, carrying the US Air Force Academy’s FalconSat-2 space plasma research satellite into low Earth orbit.

    09/08/2005 5:07:49 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 32 replies · 954+ views
    SpaceX ^ | 09/08/05
    El Segundo, CA – September 8, 2005 – SpaceX today announced its new launch vehicle, the Falcon 9, an Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) class vehicle. With up to a 17 ft (5.2 m) diameter fairing, Falcon 9 is capable of launching approximately 21,000 lbs (9,500 kg) to Low Earth Orbit (LEO) in its medium configuration and 55,000 lbs (25,000 kg) to LEO in its heavy configuration, a lift capacity greater than any other launch vehicle. In the medium configuration, Falcon 9 is priced at $27 million per flight with a 12 ft (3.6 m) fairing and $35 million with...
  • Exchange program connects U.S., Dutch Airmen

    08/25/2005 5:49:09 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 371+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Aug 25, 2005 | Louis A. Arana-Barradas
    VOLKEL AIR BASE, Netherlands -- Training young pilots to push the F-16 Fighting Falcon to its operational limits is a job Lt. Col. David Stine loves as much as flying. Even better is doing both those things with the Royal Netherlands Air Force, he said. That is just what he has done for three years as an exchange pilot at this busy fighter base. The colonel is a training instructor pilot with the Dutch air force’s 306th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron. He said the job is satisfying and has an important purpose. “From the start, I try to instill in...
  • The challenge of cheap orbital access

    06/20/2005 5:35:43 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 1 replies · 272+ views
    The Space Review ^ | 06/20/05 | Sam Dinkin
    In “Physics, economics, and reality, part deux”, (The Space Review, June 6, 2005) Joe Latrell reviewed “When Physics, Economics, and Reality Collide: The Challenge of Cheap Orbital Access” by John Jurist, David Livingston and myself. Latrell’s first criticism is that we do not “take into consideration the loss of vehicles that will occur during the program lifetime”. This is specifically accounted for in our huge line item for insurance. We either have to account for the insurance cost, including vehicle replacement (and the insurance of the insurance), or provision for first-party self-insurance, which is the expected actuarial loss. Purchasers of...
  • Pakistan seeks as many as 75 new F-16 warplanes

    05/25/2005 7:14:47 PM PDT · by Saberwielder · 21 replies · 608+ views
    Reuters ^ | May 25, 2005 | Reuters
    Pakistan seeks as many as 75 new F-16 warplanes Reuters Wednesday, May 25, 2005; 9:18 PM WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Pakistan has sought prices for buying as many as 75 new F-16 C/D Falcon fighter aircraft since the Bush administration announced it would resume sales, the head of the Pentagon agency handling the matter said on Wednesday. Pakistan also has asked about buying 11 used F-16s, said Air Force Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Kohler, head of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which runs U.S. government-to-government arms sales. Many experts had expected Pakistan to seek only about two dozen F-16s, said Richard Aboulafia...