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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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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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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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  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
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This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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