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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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2011-03-15 05:50:00

Luxembourg-based SES, one of the world's leading providers of satellite communication and transmission services, announced Monday that it had reached a deal with privately owned SpaceX for a launch sometime in 2013 using the US firm's Falcon 9 rocket. "The SES deal shows that even the most conservative commercial or government customers can have confidence flying their satellites on the Falcon 9 rocket," SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk said in a statement on the company's website. SES,...

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2011-03-10 08:40:00

New Lease Gives Company Space to Grow in McGregor Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) and the City of McGregor today signed a lease agreement allowing SpaceX to expand the size of its rocket development facility in McGregor. Under the deal, SpaceX will lease 631 acres -- the equivalent of almost 500 football fields -- for its test facility. The new lease will more than double the size of the current 256 acre site on the Western edge of the City of McGregor, and will last roughly 10 years,...

2011-03-07 10:18:13

Joining Astronaut Safety and Mission Assurance Team as SpaceX Prepares to Carry Astronauts Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) is proud to announce that NASA astronaut Garrett Reisman is joining the company as a senior engineer working on astronaut safety and mission assurance. "We're excited about the great team that we are building. Our talent is the key to our success. Garrett's experience designing and using spaceflight hardware will be invaluable as we prepare the spacecraft that...

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2011-02-11 10:19:31

SpaceX displayed its Dragon space craft in Washington D.C. on Thursday, showing off its marks from the trip it took to orbit in December. The capsule blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida and in a seamless first practice run was able to enter orbit and re-enter the Earth's atmosphere without a glitch. "Luckily, I had nothing to worry about," former NASA astronaut Ken Bowersox, who is now vice president of astronaut safety at SpaceX, said in a statement. "Now we just want everyone to get...

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2011-01-17 13:30:00

December 8th 2010 marked an incredible accomplishment for SpaceX.  As most of you know, we became the first commercial company to successfully recover a spacecraft from Earth orbit.  This is a feat previously only accomplished by six other nations/government agencies, and was made possible only through our ongoing partnership with NASA. While the flight was a significant technical achievement for SpaceX as a company, it was probably most significant for the American taxpayer. ...

2010-12-08 14:13:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 8, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA Administrator Charles Bolden issued the following statement about SpaceX's launch of the Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule: (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) "While rocket launches from the Cape are considered a common occurrence, the historic significance of today's achievement by SpaceX should not be lost. "This is the first in a new generation of commercial launch systems that will help provide...

2010-12-07 17:01:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. Dec. 7, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The first demonstration flight of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule for NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services program has been scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 8, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The launch window extends from 9 a.m. to 12:22 p.m. EST. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) During a routine inspection this week, SpaceX engineers observed two small...


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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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