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FAA Approves Orbital Sciences Demonstration Flight To ISS
2011-09-01 09:32:53

  The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has given Orbital Sciences the go-ahead to launch a demonstration flight to the International Space Station next year. The first launch of the company's Cygnus cargo module aboard a Taurus II rocket is planned for late February from Wallops Island, Virginia.  Orbital said an expanded FAA license covering that launch was expected soon. “We are very pleased to have been granted the Commercial Space Transportation Launch...

2011-08-24 08:58:00

Inventor, entrepreneur, and founder of SpaceX discusses vision for commercial space transport and travel, Sept. 2 WASHINGTON, Aug. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Elon Musk, CEO/CTO of Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), will discuss the future of human spaceflight in advance of his company's planned Nov. 30 flight to the International Space Station, the first private mission to ISS for NASA, at a National Press Club luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 29. (Logo:...

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2011-08-16 09:25:00

Space Exploration Technologies Co. (SpaceX) has announced that it plans to make a test flight to the International Space Station (ISS) in November, with future goals to pick up where NASA's shuttle program left off. Over the past several months, SpaceX has been working to prepare for the test flight -- a mission the company says is designed to demonstrate that a privately-developed space transportation system can deliver cargo and perhaps astronauts to and from the ISS. NASA gave SpaceX a...

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2011-08-02 11:50:00

SpaceX founder Elon Musk said during a conference on Tuesday that he wants to see man living as a multi-planet species. "Ultimately, the thing that is super important in the grand scale of history is"”are we on a path to becoming a multi-planet species or not? If we're not, that's not a very bright future. We'll just be hanging out on Earth until some eventual calamity claims us," Musk said according to a PC Magazine report. The billionaire founder of PayPal told the American Institute...

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2011-07-29 12:35:00

A SpaceX manager said Thursday that the company plans to launch its second test capsule on November 30 and send it to the International Space Station. Garret Reisman, a former astronaut working at SpaceX, said the company plans to combine its second and third test flights with a single mission, scheduled to launch November 30 from Cape Canaveral, Florida. "The next flight of the Dragon we're going to go all the way and berth it to the space station, drop cargo off and bring stuff back,"...

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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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2011-04-24 07:50:00

SpaceX said on Saturday that it hopes to put an astronaut on Mars within 10 to 20 years. "We'll probably put a first man in space in about three years," Elon Musk told the Wall Street Journal Saturday. "We're going all the way to Mars, I think... best case 10 years, worst case 15 to 20 years."SpaceX is a private space company that has won a $75 million contract with NASA to replace the space shuttle program. The company completed its first successful test of an unmanned space capsule last...

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2011-04-20 12:55:00

First Astronaut Mission Expected in Three Years NASA has awarded Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) $75 million to develop a revolutionary launch escape system that will enable the company's Dragon spacecraft to carry astronauts. The Congressionally mandated award is part of the agency's Commercial Crew Development (CCDev) initiative that started in 2009 to help private companies mature concepts and technologies for human spaceflight. "This award will accelerate our efforts to develop...

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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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Elon Musk
2013-08-05 10:31:59

Elon Musk was born on June 28, 1971. He is a South African-American inventor and entrepreneur. He is the founder of SpaceX and Co-founder of Tesla Motors and PayPal. He is also chairman of SolarCity. Musk attended Bryanston High School in South Africa, but graduated from Pretoria Boys High School. In the early 90s, Musk was educated at Queen's University in Kingston Ontario Canada and left Canada around 1992 to pursue Business and Physics at the University of Pennsylvania, where he...

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