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Successful Firing For SpaceX’s Merlin 1D Engine
2012-06-26 04:22:16

Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) announces that its Merlin 1D engine has achieved a full mission duration firing and multiple restarts at target thrust and specific impulse (Isp). The engine firing was for 185 seconds with 147,000 pounds of thrust, the full duration and power required for a Falcon 9 rocket launch. The tests took place at SpaceX's rocket development facility in McGregor, Texas. "This is another important milestone in our efforts to push the boundaries of space...

SpaceX Considering Building 'Commercial Cape Canaveral' in Texas
2012-04-11 04:18:52

One of the U.S. companies looking to establish a private-sector space transportation system is considering building a personal airfield in southern Texas, according to an FAA document posted on Tuesday. According to Adi Robertson of The Verge, Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) is said to be eyeing locations in Cameron County, located at the southern tip of the state, for the future home of a facility which could support as many as a dozen commercial launches each year....

Image 1 - SpaceX Sets Its Sights On Mars
2011-09-30 07:52:14

US space transport company Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) announced Thursday that it plans to develop a fully reusable orbital launch system, with the goal of one day helping humans settle on Mars. Elon Musk, the company´s founder, said the vehicle would be a reusable version of the Falcon 9 rocket which SpaceX used to propel its Dragon space capsule to low-Earth orbit during a test mission last year. Its first cargo trip to the International Space Station (ISS) is...

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2011-07-13 09:20:00

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) is set to break ground on a launch pad and hangar at a California Air Force Base for its Falcon Heavy, which will be the world's most powerful rocket. SpaceX said it is investing $30 million at Vandenberg Air Force Base's Space Launch Complex 4-East for the soon to be developed 22-story tall Falcon Heavy rocket. SpaceX hopes to use the launch pad for the first time by the end of next year in a demonstration flight for the US government. After...

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2011-05-05 07:35:20

Whenever someone proposes to do something that has never been done before, there will always be skeptics. So when I started SpaceX, it was not surprising when people said we wouldn't succeed. But now that we've successfully proven Falcon 1, Falcon 9 and Dragon, there's been a steady stream of misinformation and doubt expressed about SpaceX's actual launch costs and prices. As noted last month by a Chinese government official, SpaceX currently has the best launch prices in the world and they...

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2011-04-05 14:45:00

On Tuesday, Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) unveiled the dramatic final specifications and launch date for the world's largest rocket. "Falcon Heavy will carry more payload to orbit or escape velocity than any vehicle in history, apart from the Saturn V moon rocket, which was decommissioned after the Apollo program. This opens a new world of capability for both government and commercial space missions," SpaceX CEO and chief rocket designer Elon Musk told a press conference at the...

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2010-12-03 07:45:00

On Friday, December 3rd, SpaceX will webcast its static fire test of the Falcon 9 rocket engines at www.spacex.com. The webcast is set to begin at 11 AM Eastern / 8 AM Pacific, with the actual static fire targeted for 12 noon Eastern / 9 AM Pacific. This first stage firing is part of a full launch dress rehearsal at the Space Launch Complex 40 at the U.S. Air Force Station at Cape Canaveral in preparation for the first Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) launch of the Dragon...

2010-09-09 13:31:03

Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) and Astrium announced a commercial agreement to provide dedicated launch services to the European institutional small satellite market. Under the agreement, Astrium intends to work with SpaceX to market Falcon 1 launch capabilities to various space agencies and other institutional customers in Europe for launches to take place through 2015. With dedicated launch services, customers with very small payloads can launch independently to low-Earth orbit,...

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2010-02-23 12:40:00

The tech company Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, moved its first Falcon 9 rocket at a new launch complex just south of the Kennedy Space Center, Discovery News reported. The new Falcon 9 was trucked in just days before the space shuttle Endeavour touched down after returning from a 14-day construction mission at the International Space Station. NASA will soon retire Endeavour and her sister ships Atlantis and Discovery, due to safety concerns and operating costs that eat about $3...


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  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
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