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2010-06-17 06:10:00

Iridium Communications Inc. and Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) announced a $492 million deal on Wednesday in which SpaceX's Falcon 9 will be a major provider of launch services for Iridium's next-generation satellite constellation. The deal is the largest single commercial launch contract ever signed, but the companies said the agreement represents "a new benchmark in cost-effective satellite delivery to space." Iridium, which operates the world's largest commercial satellite...

2010-06-08 10:20:00

According to Australian media reports, the spiral that flew over Australia early Saturday and prompted a flood of UFO reports to local news stations was likely the remnants of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket. The Australia Broadcasting Corp. (ABC) said the bright sky spiral appeared before sunrise on Saturday over New South Wales, Queensland and the Australia Capital Territory (ACT). James Butcher of Canberra told ABC that the spiral light appeared to have a yellow hue. According to ABC, another...

2010-06-04 15:07:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., June 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a statement by NASA Administrator Charles Bolden regarding Friday's launch of Space Exploration Technologies' Falcon 9 rocket. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) "Congratulations to Space X on today's launch of its Falcon 9 launch vehicle. Space X's accomplishment is an important milestone in the commercial transportation effort and puts the company a step closer to providing cargo services...

2010-06-04 14:15:00

SpaceX successfully launched its Falcon 9 rocket into orbit after a few hours of delays and an aborted initial attempt. The launch took place at 2:46 p.m. Eastern Time from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.  The rocket went into a safety-shutdown mode at 1:33 p.m. as the first launch was attempted.  SpaceX said that the abort "involved an out-of-limit startup parameter." The man calling the launch for SpaceX, Robyn Ringuette, said that "it looks as if we may have...

2010-06-03 12:45:00

SpaceX, a private spaceflight company, has officially set Friday as the target date for the launch debut of its new Falcon 9 rocket. The new rocket, which is designed to haul cargo to the International Space Station (ISS), may also one day help carry astronauts to Earth orbit. Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) planned to roll out Falcon 9 today to its dedicated seaside launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. If weather prevents the rocket from launching during its...

2010-03-15 10:35:00

Following a successful test-fire of its Falcon 9 rocket over the weekend, Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) is one step closer to becoming the first privately-owned company to send a transport craft into space, according Monday press reports. In a March 15, 2010 article, Irene Klotz of Reuters confirms that the company had completed a three and a half second static firing of the Falcon 9 at a launch pad located just south of the Kennedy Space Center's shuttle launch platforms at Cape...

2010-03-10 13:25:00

On Tuesday, Space Exploration aborted the engine test of its Falcon 9 rocket, which will eventually fly cargo and astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS). The company planned to fired up the engines at its Cape Canaveral, Florida launch site, where the rocket is being prepped and readied for a company-sponsored demonstration flight in the coming months. The test was aborted just two seconds before engine ignition. A NASA video camera showed flames and small puffs of smoke around...

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...

2009-10-08 11:45:00

Space Exploration Technologies announced Wednesday that it plans to conduct a static fire testing of the first and second stages of the Falcon 9 launch vehicle. The announcement comes just three days after SpaceX said it had successfully completed acceptance testing of both the Falcon 9 first and second stages in preparation for the first flight of Falcon 9. Acceptance testing took place at the firm's McGregor, Texas structural and propulsion testing facility. "The successful completion of...

2009-08-26 10:30:00

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Aug. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Test engineers at Wyle Laboratories expedited a series of critical vibration tests to support a July 13, 2009, launch of SpaceX's Falcon 1 launch vehicle, which successfully delivered to orbit the RazakSAT satellite for ATSB (Malaysia). Prior to launch, SpaceX engineers implemented a vibration isolation system which required testing in advance of flight. Wyle test engineers performed the testing in accordance with the aggressive timeline to...

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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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