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SpaceX Test Fires Advanced New SuperDraco Engine
2012-02-01 12:08:11

[ Watch the Video ] New Video Shows SuperDraco Engine in Action Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has successfully test fired SuperDraco, a powerful new engine that will play a critical role in the company´s efforts to change the future of human spaceflight. “SuperDraco engines represent the best of cutting edge technology,” said Elon Musk, SpaceX CEO and Chief Technology Officer. “These engines will power a revolutionary launch escape system that...

SpaceX Dragon Launch Postponed
2012-01-17 10:11:46

Private rocket-building firm SpaceX announced that it is delaying its first launch attempt to send its Dragon capsule to the International Space Station (ISS), saying the spacecraft needs more work before it is ready for liftoff, reports W.J. Hennigan of the Los Angeles Times. The Hawthorne, California-based company, headed by PayPal co-founder Elon Musk, had planned a February 7 launch at Cape Canaveral, Florida, but said it has delayed the launch because the rocket needed more...

2011-12-17 05:10:38

Media accreditation for NASA's second Commercial Orbital Transportation Services demonstration flight is open. Liftoff of a Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex-40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., is targeted for Feb. 7, 2012. During the flight, the Dragon spacecraft will conduct a series of check-out procedures to test and prove its systems in advance of a rendezvous with the International Space Station. The primary objectives for the...

SpaceX May Delay Cargo Resupply Demonstration
2011-11-18 05:28:13

Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) may have to delay the targeted cargo resupply demonstration mission of the Falcon 9 and Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station, according to government and industry officials. The first commercial cargo run to the ISS has now slipped from January to as late as April because engineers from one company are still working on spacecraft-guidance software. The House is also expected to cut NASA funding for the development of privately...

SpaceX Wins Preliminary NASA Approval Of Launch Abort System
2011-10-28 05:24:19

SpaceX founder and chief executive Elon Musk, along with other leaders in the private space industry, testified before lawmakers on Wednesday, seeking to secure funding to develop a replacement for the Space Shuttles that were decommissioned earlier this year. Wired.com's Jason Paur reports that SpaceX recently completed a preliminary design review by NASA of its launch abort system, meaning the company´s Dragon spacecraft is now on its way to being approved for manned missions....

SpaceX Spaceship Arrives In Florida For Launch
2011-10-26 04:23:38

Officials said on Monday that a Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) prototype spaceship arrived in Florida on Sunday for launch on a practice run to the International Space Station. Reuters reports that Bobby Black, vice president for communications for SpaceX, said liftoff of the Dragon capsule aboard the company's Falcon 9 rocket is targeted for as early as December 19. The mission will mark the third flight of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket and the second for a Dragon Capsule....

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...

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...

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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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  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
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