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2008-12-30 11:15:00

NASA is hoping to fill the soon-to-come space gap with the help of private firms. The space agency is expected to retire its shuttle fleet in 2010, and Ares-Orion, the shuttle's replacement, isn't expected to enter space until 2015. This gap would cause NASA to rely on Russia to ferry items and astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS). In April, the space agency told legislators it would stop asking for Congressional permission to buy cargo space on Russian Progress re-supply...

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2008-12-20 11:20:00

SpaceX Fulfills Commitment to Deliver Falcon 9 Hardware to Cape by Year-End in Preparation for 2009 Maiden Flight Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) announced the arrival of the Falcon 9 first stage flight tank at SpaceX's newest launch site, Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40), in Cape Canaveral, Florida, Dec. 18. Arriving as scheduled, delivery of the Falcon 9 first stage fulfills SpaceX's commitment to having Falcon 9 hardware at the Cape by year-end. "Christmas has arrived a few...

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2008-09-30 13:20:00

California-based SpaceX finally completed a successful launch on Sunday, following three failed attempts in the past. The Falcon 1 rocket took off from Omelek Island in the central Pacific. A larger rocket, Falcon 9, is likely to be used by the US to take cargo and even astronauts to the space station. Internet billionaire Elon Musk founded SpaceX with the goal of making space travel more affordable. The rocket cleared its umbilical tower at 1616 hours Pacific time (2316 GMT) on Sunday, and...

2008-09-09 18:00:05

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) has been granted an Operational License by the US Air Force for the use of Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on the Florida coast. Receipt of the license, in conjunction with the approved Site Plan, paves the way for SpaceX to initiate Falcon 9 launch operations later this year. "We are developing Falcon 9 to be a valuable asset to the American space launch fleet," said Elon Musk, CEO and CTO of SpaceX. "The...

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2008-08-07 11:35:00

SpaceX, a private space firm, announced on Wednesday that a design error caused the failure of its latest rocket, Falcon 1, to reach orbit on Saturday. SpaceX was contracted by NASA and the Pentagon to carry three space satellites into orbit. Also aboard the rocket were the remains of 208 people, including astronaut Gordon Cooper and "Star Trek" actor James Doohan. The family of Doohan, who played Scotty on the television show "Star Trek," could not be reached Wednesday night. A message left...

2008-08-06 18:00:06

By Muhammed El-Hasan, Daily Breeze, Torrance, Calif. Aug. 6--Three days after its third launch failure, Space Exploration Technologies, the Hawthorne-based developer of low-cost experimental rockets, announced a $20 million cash infusion. Founders Fund, a major technology venture capital firm based in San Francisco, invested $20 million in the private rocket firm dubbed SpaceX. On Saturday, SpaceX suffered its third launch failure after the second stage of the single-engine Falcon 1...

2008-08-04 12:00:27

By Robert Block, The Orlando Sentinel, Fla. Aug. 4--If rocket science were baseball, Elon Musk -- the upstart space entrepreneur who founded the company known as SpaceX -- would be heading to the dugout, having struck out Saturday with his third consecutive launch failure. His Falcon 1 rocket fizzled a little more than two minutes after launch from a facility on Omelek Island, part of the U.S. Army Kwajalein Atoll in the South Pacific southwest of Hawaii. The latest launch failure is...

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2008-08-04 11:10:00

Private space firm SpaceX is trying to determine why its Falcon 1 rocket failed to reach orbit for the third time. The vehicle was carrying three space satellites, including a NASA space sail. Its two stages failed to separate two minutes and 20 seconds into launch from Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific Ocean. "It was obviously a big disappointment not to reach orbit on this Flight 3 of the Falcon 1," said Elon Musk, chief executive of SpaceX, in a short statement. "The most important message...

2008-08-03 00:00:05

Major milestone achieved towards demonstrating U.S. transport to the International Space Station following retirement of the Space Shuttle SpaceX Diane Murphy, 310-363-6714 VP, Marketing and Communications media@SpaceX.com Logo: http://www.SpaceX.com Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) conducted the first nine engine firing of its Falcon 9 launch vehicle at its Texas Test Facility outside McGregor on July 30th. A second firing on August 1st completed a major NASA...

2008-08-02 15:00:05

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) has scheduled the launch of the Falcon 1 Flight 3 mission for Saturday, August 2nd. The launch window will open at 4:00 p.m. (PDT) / 7:00 p.m. (EDT) and remain open for five hours. If launch is delayed for any reason, SpaceX has range availability to resume countdown through August 5. Lift-off of the vehicle will occur from SpaceX's Falcon 1 launch site at the Kwajalein Atoll, about 2500 miles southwest of Hawaii. Falcon 1 launch facilities...


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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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