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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