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  • Elon Musk's Space Company SpaceX Raises Another $50 Million

    11/09/2010 6:32:28 PM PST · by KevinDavis · 2 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/09/10 | Jay Yarow
    Elon Musk's space company, SpaceX has raised another $50 million in funding, according to a SEC filing. A company rep tells us, "Existing investors expressed an interest in making an incremental investment and we accommodated their request."
  • Why Obama's Commercial Space Initiative is Not Commercial

    09/07/2010 3:52:51 AM PDT · by Marcus · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Content ^ | September 6th, 2010 | Mark R. Whittington
    One of the selling points of the Obama space policy is that it proposed to enable a commercial space transportation industry. No longer would NASA build expensive, in-house space ships like the shuttle or the proposed Orion/Ares 1. As it turns out, by "commercial" the Obama administration means something akin to how it has treated the automobile industry, banks, and other sectors of the economy. The government will not only be the principle investor, but it will also be, in the absence of commercial markets for space transportation, the sole customer. This is "commercial" only in the sense that the...
  • WILL A COMMERCIAL FLIGHT BE FIRST TO MARS?

    08/19/2010 6:30:10 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 5 replies
    Discovery News ^ | 08/18/10 | Ray Villard
    Both President Obama and NASA Administrator Charles Bolden have expressed optimism about seeing a manned Mars landing happen within their lifetime. The way to finally get to Mars may be to fly the friendly skies aboard a commercial spaceliner (luggage and food costs extra) and, for the first time, a private aerospace contractor is setting their sights on the Red Planet. Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) recently unveiled a long-range plan that would evolve their rocket booster fleet up to Saturn V class heavy lifters.
  • The Flight of SpaceX's Falcon 9: Commercial Promise and Political Peril

    06/11/2010 6:23:05 AM PDT · by Marcus · 1 replies · 220+ views
    Associated Content ^ | June 6th, 2010 | Mark R. Whittington
    With the triumph of the launch of SpaceX's Falcon 9, the cause of commercial space took a giant leap forward. Unfortunately the voyage to a commercial space future is approach dangerous, shoal ridden political waters.
  • Tesla’s Elon Musk: “I Ran Out of Cash” - 0bama's Space Savior on Financial Ropes

    06/09/2010 10:35:26 PM PDT · by anymouse · 37 replies · 158+ views
    Venture Beat ^ | May 27, 2010 | Owen Thomas
    Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk seems to have it all. The electric-car entrepreneur is the toast of Silicon Valley, Sacramento, and Tokyo after unveiling a plan to revive Toyota’s shuttered NUMMI plant last week. And deal-hungry Wall Street bankers are angling to take his company public. He’s even a Hollywood star, with a cameo in the hit Iron Man 2 movie, said to be based on his life story. The one thing he doesn’t have, by his own admission, is money. “About four months ago, I ran out of cash,” he wrote in a court filing dated Feb. 23, reviewed...
  • SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch Live Thread (06/04/2010 11:00 AM EDT)

    06/03/2010 5:11:23 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 63 replies · 3,140+ views
    06/03/10 | Kevin Davis
    Best of luck to them..
  • Is Elon Musk the SpaceX 'Rocket Man' or 'Iron Man'?

    05/19/2010 6:49:22 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 7 replies · 319+ views
    Discovery News ^ | 05/18/10 | Ian O'Neill
    The sci-fi thriller Iron Man 2 hit theaters on May 7 and was given generally favorable reviews (it scored 75 percent on RottenTomatoes.com). Much of its success was down to the action-packed storyline and solid performances by the cast. However, it turns out that the lead character was also inspired by a real-world space entrepreneur.
  • SpaceX says Falcon 9 rocket test fire is a success ( CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida )

    03/14/2010 11:33:24 PM PDT · by george76 · 1 replies · 422+ views
    Reuters ^ | Mar 14, 2010 | Irene Klotz
    Space Exploration Technologies successfully test fired its Falcon 9 rocket this weekend, clearing a milestone toward the inaugural flight of a privately developed spaceship to fly cargo, and possibly astronauts, into orbit, the company said. Saturday's 3.5-second 'static' firing of the Falcon's nine kerosene and liquid oxygen-burning motors took place on a refurbished oceanside launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. It followed an earlier firing test aborted last week due to an improperly configured valve. The successful test by California-based SpaceX clears the way for Falcon 9's debut mission -- a demonstration flight which could take...
  • Test flight of Falcon 9 carrier rocket put off

    03/13/2010 2:12:49 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 460+ views
    Brahmand.com ^ | 3/12/2010 | Brahmand.com
    American space transportation company SpaceX, which has designed the Falcon 9 heavy-lift launch vehicle, has aborted its test launch due to technical reasons. The two stage liquid oxygen and rocket-grade kerosene propelled launch vehicle was scheduled to be test launched on March 9 but it encountered some problem just before the countdown, SpaceX said. "We counted down to an T-2 seconds and aborted on Spin Start. Given that this was our first abort event on this pad, we decided to scrub for the day to get a good look at the rocket before trying again," the company said. No damage...
  • SpaceX aborts rocket engine test

    03/10/2010 8:44:43 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 299+ views
    Reuters ^ | 3/10/2010 | Irene Klotz
    Space Exploration Technologies aborted a test firing of its Falcon 9 rocket on Tuesday, in what was to be a key milestone in its quest to fly cargo -- and eventually astronauts -- to the International Space Station. The test was aborted two seconds before engine ignition at the privately owned company's Cape Canaveral, Florida, launch site, where the Falcon 9 rocket is being prepared for a company-sponsored demonstration flight this spring. During the test, flames and small puffs of smoke could be seen around the base of the rocket via a NASA video camera. In a statement Tuesday night,...
  • SpaceX moves closer to a Falcon 9 rocket maiden launch

    03/02/2010 5:41:20 PM PST · by KevinDavis · 2 replies · 185+ views
    While the jockeying for political position by NASA’s traditional contractors continues apace behind the scenes, aerospace newcomer SpaceX is plodding ahead with its efforts to get its Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon test capsule ready for their maiden launch.
  • Commercial space takes center stage

    02/20/2010 9:48:01 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 273+ views
    The Space Review ^ | 2/15/2010 | by Jeff Foust
    It was the best of timing, it was the worst of timing. It was the best of timing for the FAA’s annual Commercial Space Transportation Conference, normally held in early February in Washington, DC. The schedule meant that the conference took place this year just over a week after the White House released its fiscal year 2011 budget proposal, one that emphasized more than ever before the development of capabilities by the commercial sector to transport cargo, and now crews, to low Earth orbit. It was also the worst of timing from a meteorological standpoint, coinciding with yet another major...
  • Falcon 9 Integration Under Way

    02/13/2010 12:37:58 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 201+ views
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 1/12/2012 | Guy Norris
    Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) is beginning integration of the first Falcon 9 at Cape Canaveral, Fla., and says it won’t be hurried to complete work despite continuing delays of the first launch. “Our primary objective is a successful first launch and we are taking whatever time necessary to work through the data to our satisfaction before moving forward,” says SpaceX director of Florida launch operations Brian Mosdell, who adds that the expected launch will take place “one to three months after completing full vehicle integration.” The final delivery to the SpaceX launch site, Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40), included the...
  • New Commercial Rocket Reaches Launch Site for Assembly

    02/11/2010 5:08:39 PM PST · by KevinDavis · 10 replies · 308+ views
    space.com ^ | 02/11/10
    The pieces are coming together for a new commercial rocket envisioned to send unmanned cargo ships to the International Space Station from a launch site in Florida. Built by Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) of Hawthorne, Calif., the new Falcon 9 rocket is a two-stage booster designed to launch the company's Dragon spacecraft to orbit. It is the lynchpin rocket behind SpaceX's plan to launch cargo ships to the space station under a $1.6 billion contract with NASA.
  • SpaceX Aims to Launch New Space Station Cargo Ship in 2010

    12/14/2009 5:47:03 PM PST · by KevinDavis · 6 replies · 336+ views
    Space.com ^ | 12/14/09 | Brian Berger
    WASHINGTON — The commercial spaceflight company Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) said this month that it expects to launch its cargo-carrying Dragon spacecraft on a maiden flight to the International Space Station (ISS) sometime between May and November 2010.
  • SpaceX Hosts Preliminary Training for NASA ISS Astronauts

    12/03/2009 7:17:42 PM PST · by KevinDavis · 4 replies · 223+ views
    Business Wire ^ | 12/03/09
    HAWTHORNE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) recently conducted its first Dragon spacecraft operations training for a group of NASA astronauts and personnel at its corporate headquarters in Hawthorne, CA. The October training focused on how the crew will interface with the Dragon spacecraft while it is approaching and berthed to the International Space Station (ISS). Three of the participating astronauts — Tracy Caldwell Dyson, Shannon Walker and Douglas Wheelock — will be on board the ISS when Dragon makes its first visit under the Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program.
  • U.S. Losing Space Race

    10/20/2009 12:55:11 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 57 replies · 1,974+ views
    DoD Buzz ^ | 10/19/2009 | Colin Clark
    The nation that made it to the Moon in 12 years now struggles to build a satellite in that time and is at risk of losing its preeminence in space. Those words come from one of the top four space intelligence lawmakers on Capitol Hill, Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, chairman of the House Select technical and tactical intelligence subcommittee, who spoke before an audience of some 1,200 intelligence practitioners and industry at the Geoint annual conference in San Antonio, Texas. Ruppersburger noted that 20 years ago the U.S. had 70 percent of the commercial satellite market which is now down to...
  • Air Force: SpaceX's Falcon 9 first launch planned for Nov 29

    09/23/2009 7:46:19 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 6 replies · 468+ views
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 09/22/09 | Robert Block
    CAPE CANAVERAL - After being removed from the U.S. Air Force’s 45th Space Wing’s launch schedule for five months, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket is back on the board. The most recent 90-day Eastern Range forecast released Tuesday has the new rocket's maiden launch planned for November 29 at 11 a.m. local time.
  • SPACEX AND ASTRIUM ANNOUNCE GROUNDBREAKING DEAL

    09/08/2009 6:22:00 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 2 replies · 137+ views
    SpaceX ^ | 09/07/09 | Emily Shanklin
    Hawthorne, CA – September 8, 2009 – Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) and Astrium announce a contract for a SpaceX Falcon 1e to launch an Earth observation satellite designed by Astrium or its recently acquired subsidiary Surrey Satellite Technology (SSTL). The Falcon 1e is an ‘enhanced’ version of SpaceX's successful Falcon 1 launch vehicle. Designed from the ground up by SpaceX, the Falcon 1e has upgraded propulsion, structures and avionics systems in order to further improve reliability and bring to market increased mass-to-orbit capability to better serve the needs of the small satellite community.
  • SpaceX Lands Orbcomm Launch Contract

    09/05/2009 3:49:05 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 5 replies · 247+ views
    Space News ^ | 09/05/09 | Warren Ferster
    WASHINGTON — Satellite messaging service provider Orbcomm of Fort Lee, N.J., has selected Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) to launch 18 second-generation Orbcomm satellites starting as early as the fourth quarter of 2010, the companies announced Sept. 3
  • Behind the Scenes With the World's Most Ambitious Rocket Makers

    08/24/2009 6:05:46 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 6 replies · 570+ views
    Popular Mechanics ^ | 08/25/09 | Michael Belfiore
    In late 2001, Tom Mueller was sacrificing his nights and weekends to build a liquid-fuel rocket engine in his garage. Mueller, a propulsion engineer at Redondo Beach, Calif.–based aerospace firm TRW, felt like an “unwanted necessity” at his day job. His prolific ideas about engine design were lost at such a large, diverse company. To satisfy his creative impulses, he built his own engines, attached them to airframes and launched them in the Mojave Desert with fellow enthusiasts in the Reaction Research Society, America’s oldest amateur rocketry club. RRS members, many of them employees at aerospace firms, meet regularly in...
  • Falcon 9 Passes Early Hurdle

    08/02/2009 3:45:26 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 1 replies · 245+ views
    Aviation Week ^ | 07/30/09 | Guy Norris
    Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) passed another significant milestone on the way to first flight of its Falcon 9 launch vehicle by completing qualification testing for the first stage tank and interstage at the company's structural and propulsion testing facility near Waco, Texas.
  • Commercial Space Flight: NASA May Get Onboard

    07/23/2009 8:58:27 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies · 485+ views
    businessweek ^ | July 20, 2009, 8:26PM EST | Joel Schectman
    On the 40th anniversary of the successful U.S. mission to the moon, proud celebrations took place to recognize the accomplishments by the National Aeronautics & Space Administration. There was even a well-timed space mission, with NASA's Space Shuttle blasting off to carry additional gear to the International Space Station, the research facility that orbits 220 miles above the Earth's surface. One option under serious consideration is whether NASA should tap the private sector more actively. Since its founding, the agency has done the heavy lifting in space exploration largely by itself—conceiving of missions, designing rockets, and executing flights. Companies such...
  • Commercial launch of SpaceX Falcon 1 rocket a success

    07/14/2009 6:43:48 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 12 replies · 385+ views
    Spaceflight Now ^ | 07/14/09 | STEPHEN CLARK
    A Malaysian satellite rode a Falcon 1 rocket into orbit Monday night, marking the first time the privately-developed booster has successfully launched an operational spacecraft.
  • SpaceX's Falcon 1 Launch Live Thread (07/13/09 10:30 PM EDT)

    07/13/2009 5:37:07 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 84 replies · 3,178+ views
    07/13/09 | Kevin Davis
    I want to see something to go into space!!!!
  • McGregor's SpaceX competing with Alabama company for $150 million in funding

    07/09/2009 6:20:13 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 5 replies · 284+ views
    An explosive confrontation has shaped up between SpaceX, which tests rockets in McGregor, and a lawmaker in Alabama over who gets $150 million in federal stimulus money. President Barack Obama wants to help private companies develop rockets that could haul people to the International Space Station. SpaceX believes it could fit the bill and wants a chunk of the money.
  • Study Finds Human-rated Delta IV Cheaper

    06/17/2009 6:36:07 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 9 replies · 342+ views
    Aviation Week ^ | 06/15/09 | Frank Morring, Jr.
    A NASA-funded study found that a human-rated Delta IV heavy rocket could be a cheaper route to the International Space Station than NASA's Ares I crew launch vehicle. But the human-rated United Launch Alliance rocket would be less expensive only if the Ares V heavy-lift moon rocket development is deferred, the Aerospace Corp. study reports. And the Delta IV alternative could add two years or more to the "gap" in U.S. human access to orbit if it starts this year, according to the unreleased study obtained by Aviation Week.
  • Movin' On Up

    03/29/2009 5:10:25 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 3 replies · 286+ views
    Popular Science ^ | 03/27/09 | Marshall Louis Reaves
    SpaceX's new Falcon 9 takes a crucial step to the launchpad Since January, SpaceX's heavy-payload Falcon 9 launch vehicle has stood 180 feet above Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral, undergoing ground-systems tests in the run-up to its first test flight. The reusable Falcon series, named for the Millennium Falcon in Star Wars, has nine engines that provide more than a million pounds of thrust. Last September, the smaller, 70-foot-tall Falcon 1 became the first privately developed liquid-fueled rocket to orbit the Earth. The co-founder of PayPal, Elon Musk, established SpaceX in 2002 with the goal of increasing space...
  • SPACEX FALCON 9 UPPER STAGE ENGINE SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETES FULL MISSION DURATION FIRING

    03/10/2009 6:25:51 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 5 replies · 295+ views
    SpaceX ^ | 03/10/09
    New Merlin Vacuum engine demonstrates highest efficiency for an American hydrocarbon rocket engine. McGregor, TX. – March 10, 2009 – Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) successfully conducted a full mission duration firing of its new Merlin Vacuum engine on March 7, at SpaceX's Test Facility in McGregor, Texas. The engine fired for a full six minutes, consuming 100,000 pounds of liquid oxygen and rocket grade kerosene propellant.
  • SPACEX MANUFACTURED HEAT SHIELD MATERIAL PASSES

    02/23/2009 6:12:47 PM PST · by KevinDavis · 3 replies · 268+ views
    spacex ^ | 02/23/09
    SPACEX MANUFACTURED HEAT SHIELD MATERIAL PASSES HIGH TEMPERATURE TESTS SIMULATING REENTRY HEATING CONDITIONS OF DRAGON SPACECRAFT HAWTHORNE, CA – February 23, 2009 – Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) announces the passing of a significant technical milestone in the development of its Dragon spacecraft with the successful arc jet testing of PICA-X high performance heat shield material. Subjected to temperatures as high as 1850 degrees Celsius (3360 degrees Fahrenheit), the tests simulated the reentry heating conditions that will be experienced by the Dragon capsule. Panels of the high performance carbon-based material will protect cargo and crew during the spacecraft's return from Earth...
  • SpaceX to NASA: Don't 'Fly Russian'

    12/30/2008 8:17:54 AM PST · by Islander7 · 18 replies · 773+ views
    Discovery News ^ | Dec 30, 2008 | Irene Klotz
    Dec. 30, 2008 -- NASA has committed nearly $2 billion to a California start-up intent on breaking the status quo for launching cargo into space. Come January, SpaceX will see if the U.S. government is prepared to take the next step and buy into a plan for launching people into orbit as well. Once the shuttles are retired in 2010, NASA plans to buy rides for astronauts traveling to the space station from Russia, which sells a three-person craft called Soyuz. NASA's most recent contract with Russian space officials covers transportation and training for three astronauts to and from the...
  • NASA Awards Space Station Commercial Resupply Services Contracts To SpaceX and Orbital

    12/23/2008 5:12:37 PM PST · by tricky_k_1972 · 11 replies · 531+ views
    NASA HQ PRESS RELEASE, Spaceref.com ^ | December 23, 2008 | NASA HQ
    NASA Awards Space Station Commercial Resupply Services Contracts To SpaceX and Orbital WASHINGTON -- NASA has awarded two contracts -- one to Orbital Sciences Corp. of Dulles, Va., and one to Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) of Hawthorne, Calif. -- for commercial cargo resupply services to the International Space Station. At the time of award, NASA has ordered eight flights valued at about $1.9 billion from Orbital and 12 flights valued at about $1.6 billion from SpaceX. These fixed-price indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contracts will begin Jan. 1, 2009, and are effective through Dec. 31, 2016. The contracts each call...
  • Successful Launch for Falcon 1 Rocket

    09/28/2008 7:09:40 PM PDT · by anymouse · 19 replies · 661+ views
    SpaceflightNow ^ | September 28, 2008 | STEPHEN CLARK
    The Falcon 1 booster redeemed itself Sunday with an electrifying launch that put an exclamation point on six years of hard work and disappointment for SpaceX, the startup company chartered to revolutionize space travel. The 70-foot-tall rocket successfully delivered a 364-pound hunk of aluminum to orbit on the launcher's fourth flight, ending a streak of three consecutive Falcon 1 failures dating back to 2006. "That was freakin' awesome," said Elon Musk, CEO and chief technical officer of Space Technologies Corp. Musk established SpaceX in 2002 and funded the company from the fortune he earned from starting Zip2 and PayPal. "We...
  • LAUNCH Coverage: Liftoff! SpaceX Launches Fourth Falcon 1 Rocket

    09/28/2008 4:33:45 PM PDT · by cabojoe · 22 replies · 645+ views
    Space.com ^ | 9/28/08 | Justin Ray
    SUCCESS! SpaceX confirms Falcon 1 has reached orbit, making the first privately-developed all-liquid fuel rocket to achieve this feat.
  • SpaceX Launch Today!

    08/02/2008 2:07:27 PM PDT · by spacejunkie01 · 11 replies · 121+ views
    Launch going off at Kwajalein today 7pm EST. Live feed starts 1/2 hour before. The rocket has a new Spacedev satellite on it, built for the Air Force.
  • 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...
  • SpaceX successfully fires first stage with two engines

    02/04/2008 6:44:41 PM PST · by KevinDavis · 5 replies · 80+ views
    Flight International ^ | 02/04/08 | Rob Coppinger
    Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) conducted the first two-engine firing of the first stage of its Falcon 9 launch vehicle on 18 January on a test stand outside McGregor, Texas. The Merlin 1C gas-generator cycle, liquid oxygen/kerosene engines operated at full power, generating more than 180,000lb thrust (805kN) during the 14s run. In the next test, scheduled for February, three engines will operate for a full first-stage burn time of 180s. The test series will continue with five, seven and finally the full complement of nine first-stage engines.
  • SpaceX Dragon Satisfies NASA Safety Panel

    09/09/2007 10:05:34 AM PDT · by KevinDavis · 21 replies · 251+ views
    SatNews Daily ^ | 09/09/07
    One down, two to go… the first of three review phases required by the Safety Review Panel (SRP) at NASA have been completed quite successfully by SpaceX for the mission of sending their Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station. Over four days at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, SpaceX engineers who are developing the Dragon spacecraft presented their Phase I plan for this voyage to ISS. Addressed were 23 specific hazards, with special attention paid to the danger of collision. The latter problem happens to one of the most difficult hazards to mitigate, with this topic the primary...
  • SpaceX reveals Dragon design

    03/28/2007 6:55:54 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 8 replies · 216+ views
    Flight Interational ^ | 03/27/07 | Rob Coppinger
    Development of Space Exploration Technologies' (SpaceX) Dragon crew and cargo capsule is progressing, with testing and selecting under way for the mix of internally developed and commercially procured subsystems. The crew and cargo versions of the blunt-body capsule are essentially the same, with a 3.81m (12.5ft)-diameter base, when the ablative thermal protection system is in place, and a maximum take-off weight of around 7,000kg (15,400lb,) including 2,500kg of crew or cargo mass. The SpaceX-built Falcon 9 to launch the Dragon will have at least an 8,700kg payload capability to low-Earth orbit.
  • SPACEX'S POSITIVE 'SPIN'

    03/28/2007 6:24:11 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 3 replies · 121+ views
    msnbc ^ | 03/28/07 | Alan Boyle
    The millionaire behind the maverick SpaceX rocket venture, Elon Musk, says the verdict on last week's partly successful Falcon 1 rocket launch is "looking increasingly positive" now that his team is getting a close look at the data. Before its second-stage engine cut off prematurely, the Falcon flew to a height of 180 miles (289 kilometers) - a performance not quite good enough to reach orbit, but good enough for Musk to declare the end of the rocket's test phase and the beginning of its operational phase.
  • Falcon I flight - preliminary assessment positive for SpaceX

    03/25/2007 3:14:08 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 6 replies · 204+ views
    Nasaspaceflight.com ^ | 03/24/07 | Chris Bergin
    SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has noted that the preliminary assessment of the Falcon I flight shows that the second stage shut down only a minute before schedule - and still managed to deploy its satellite mass simulator ring. The shutdown appears to have been caused by the sloshing of propellant in the LOX tank, increasing observed oscillation, which would normally have been successfully dampened out by the second stage Thrust Vector Control (TVC) system. However, the impact on the second stage nozzle during separation caused a 'hard slew' correction, over-compensating previously simulated scenarios.
  • Falcon rocket blasts off; fate unknown

    03/20/2007 6:47:57 PM PDT · by cabojoe · 17 replies · 940+ views
    http://spaceflightnow.com/index.html ^ | 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.
  • NASA Commercial Space Partners Complete Milestones

    02/18/2007 2:56:22 PM PST · by KevinDavis · 2 replies · 195+ views
    NASA ^ | 02/16/07 | Kelly Humphries
    HOUSTON - Two companies that are receiving NASA Commercial Orbital Transportation Services funds achieved significant milestones this month in their efforts to develop and demonstrate space cargo launch and delivery systems. Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) completed a preliminary design review for its first orbital demonstration mission. Rocketplane Kistler completed a system requirements review for its cargo services system. The two companies want to offer commercial delivery services for cargo, and possibly crews, to the International Space Station in the future. In August 2006, NASA and the companies signed Space Act Agreements that established a series of milestones and criteria for...
  • NASA Invests In Private Sector Space Flight With SpaceX And Rocketplane-Kistler

    08/21/2006 8:02:27 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 1 replies · 170+ views
    spacedaily.com ^ | 08/21/06
    NASA is making an unprecedented investment in commercial space transportation services with the hope of creating a competitive market for supply flights to the International Space Station (ISS). Two industry partners will receive a combined total of approximately $500 million to help fund the development of reliable, cost-effective access to low-Earth orbit. The agency is using its Space Act authority to facilitate the demonstration of these new capabilities. NASA signed Space Agreements Aug. 18 with Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) of El Segundo, Calif., and Rocketplane-Kistler (RpK) of Oklahoma City to develop and demonstrate the vehicles, systems, and operations needed to...
  • SpaceX has magical goals for Falcon 9

    08/07/2006 7:41:26 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 4 replies · 143+ views
    Nasa Spaceflight ^ | 08/05/06 | Braddock Gaskill
    Elon Musk, CEO of The Space Exploration Company - commonly known as SpaceX - has spoken about the improvements necessary at his Pacific island launch site in the US Army's Kwajalein test range to support the Falcon 9, progress on the vehicle's development, and work on the next generation of Merlin 1 engines. The Falcon 9 is SpaceX's planned 8.7 mT to LEO (Low Earth Orbit) launch vehicle, using ten Merlin 1 engines - nine on the first stage, and one on the second stage.
  • Spacex eyes US government work

    08/07/2006 6:57:38 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 1 replies · 174+ views
    Flight International ^ | 08/08/06 | Rob Coppinger
    Space Exploration Technologies (Spacex) is to offer its proposed Falcon 9 launcher for NASA Launch Services (NLS). The Falcon 9 is a two-stage, liquid-oxygen and rocket-grade kerosene-powered vehicle capable of putting 9,300kg (20,500lb) into low-Earth orbit. Falcon 9's first launch for the US government is planned for the first quarter of 2008. The NLS bid represents the second attempt by Spacex to break into the US government launch market dominated by Boeing and Lockheed Martin. Spacex used competition law to challenge the formation of United Launch Alliance, a Boeing/Lockheed Martin joint venture to supply the US military with launch services,...
  • Spacex Announces Changes For Next Falcon 1 Flight

    07/27/2006 6:20:22 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 1 replies · 95+ views
    Aviation Week ^ | 07/27/06 | Jefferson Morris
    Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) is implementing a series of design and process changes intended not only to prevent the corrosion problem that brought down the first Falcon 1 flight, but also to better automate the vehicle health monitoring and launch process, according to company founder and CEO Elon Musk. The low-cost orbital rocket was carrying the FalconSat-2 spacecraft for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the U.S. Air Force during its first mission, which ended 34 seconds after liftoff when the engine shut off prematurely. The launch attempt took place March 24 from Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific Ocean....
  • SpaceX wins Falcon 9 contract

    04/10/2006 4:48:45 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 2 replies · 252+ views
    Space Exploration Technologies (Spacex) chief executive Elon Musk has announced a Falcon 9 launcher contract and denied the recent Falcon 1 rocket malfunction was a complete failure. Canadian robotics and satellite company MDA has placed a contract for a 2008 launch on the yet-to-be-developed, larger-diameter Falcon 9. The first launch of a Falcon 1 on 24 March failed 29s into the flight because of a fuel leak fire-triggered shutdown (Flight International, 4-10 April). “It would be ludicrous to refer to it as a complete failure,” says Musk.
  • Pad Processing Error Doomed Falcon 1

    04/07/2006 4:36:13 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 6 replies · 345+ views
    space.com ^ | 04/06/06 | Brian Berger
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The Falcon 1 rocket was leaking fuel four minutes prior to liftoff, causing the first stage engine to catch fire about 25 seconds into its rocket’s much shorter than expected maiden flight, dooming the rocket and its payload. Elon Musk, chairman and chief executive officer of El Segundo, Calif.-based Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) said the cause of the leak was human error, not a design flaw. “All current analysis shows that the nature of the problem was a pad processing error the day before the launch,” Musk said during an April 5 presentation at the National...
  • Rocket entrepreneur to forge ahead

    04/06/2006 7:57:25 AM PDT · by KevinDavis · 9 replies · 400+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | 04/06/06 | Roger Fillion
    COLORADO SPRINGS - The entrepreneur who wants to operate the Southwest Airlines of the satellite-launch business said he's not about to quit because the maiden flight of his new rocket recently ended in catastrophic failure. "We're not going to cut and run if we have a few issues. We're not going to cut and run if we have a lot of issues," Internet billionaire Elon Musk told the National Space Symposium on Wednesday. "We're going to see this through." Musk is the same man who's challenging Lockheed Martin and Boeing's joint rocket venture in the courtroom, saying it would run...