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SpaceX Completes Second Successful Resupply Mission As Dragon Splashes Down In Pacific
2013-03-26 13:04:43

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Dragon completed another successful resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) on Tuesday. SpaceX's resupply spacecraft took off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on March 1 atop the Falcon 9 rocket. A few hours into flight SpaceX announced its Dragon capsule was having difficulty with its thruster pods, causing Dragon to delay its arrival to the orbiting lab. Two days later, Dragon was captured...

2013-03-21 10:03:48

Space Exploration Technologies´ (SpaceX) Merlin 1D engine has achieved flight qualification, a major milestone for the next generation Merlin engine. Through a 28 test qualification program, the Merlin 1D accumulated 1,970 seconds of total test time, the equivalent run time of over 10 full mission durations, and is now fully qualified to fly on the Falcon 9 rocket. The program included four tests at or above the power (147,000 pounds of thrust) and duration (185 seconds) required for...

SpaceX's Grasshopper Still Making Big Leaps
2013-03-11 20:25:56

[ Watch the Video: Grasshopper Reaching New Heights ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online SpaceX, one of the best-known commercial space companies in the industry, is continuing to make strides with its new vertical space vehicle, Grasshopper. The company's Grasshopper spacecraft is a vertical takeoff and landing (VTVL) vehicle meant to be reused so it can help dramatically reduce cost. Engineers have been testing the launch vehicle by performing "leaps," which...

Dragon Capsule Has Issue With Thrusters, Space Station Rendezvous Delayed
2013-03-01 15:38:06

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online SpaceX experienced its first hiccup in one of its official missions with the Dragon spacecraft, causing a delay in when the resupply vehicle will be reaching the International Space Station (ISS). The company's Dragon spacecraft successfully launched this morning aboard the Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 10:10 a.m. EST. However, while everything seemed to be going smoothly after launch,...

2013-02-23 09:13:25

The second SpaceX mission to the International Space Station under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services contract is scheduled to launch Friday, March 1, from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. NASA Television coverage begins at 8:30 a.m. EST. The company's Falcon 9 rocket carrying its Dragon cargo capsule will lift off at 10:10 a.m. If needed, a backup launch opportunity is available on March 2 with launch time at 9:47 a.m. and NASA TV coverage beginning...

New Addition To NASA LandSat Family Successfully Launches
2013-02-11 13:32:13

[Watch Video: Landsat 8 Liftoff Aboard Atlas V] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online NASA successfully launched its future addition to the Landsat family into space this morning from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base. The Launch Data Continuity Mission successful went into orbit aboard the United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 rocket at 1:02 p.m. Eastern Time. Everything went smoothly, and the Atlas soared into space without a hitch. The eighth addition 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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  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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