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SpaceX To Launch Israeli Communications Satellite For Spacecom
2013-01-30 11:08:27

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) is beginning 2013 by adding another contract to its growing launch portfolio. Building on the impressive 14 signed launch contracts by the end of last year, the company that was behind a landmark resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) in October, has now signed a new contract to launch an Israeli communications satellite in 2015. Partnering with Space Communication Ltd....

SpaceX New Grasshopper Test Flight Another Success
2012-12-25 10:13:48

[ Video 1 ] | [ Video 2 ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online SpaceX is continuing tests with its Grasshopper reusable rocket, and this time it had a passenger to go along for the ride. The company sent its prototype Grasshopper rocket 131 feet into the air for a test flight, and added a six-foot dummy onboard for good measure. The 12-story tall Grasshopper rocket is designed to take off and land vertically, and could one day be a spacecraft that could take...

SpaceX Awarded Two Air Force Launches
2012-12-06 14:51:50

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online SpaceX is expanding its reach and has been awarded two Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV)-class missions by the United States Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center. The company will be using its Falcon launch vehicles to send DSCOVR (Deep Space Climate Observatory) and STP-2 (Space Test Program 2) into orbit in 2014 and 2015. "SpaceX deeply appreciates and is honored by the vote of confidence shown by the Air Force in our...

Robots May Prospect For Lunar Water
2012-11-16 21:16:43

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The prospect of finding frozen water on the moon has several companies scrambling to stake a claim in “them thar lunar hills.” "This is like the gold rush that led to the settlement of California," said Phil Metzger, a physicist who leads the Granular Mechanics and Regolith Operations Lab, part of Kennedy Space Center's Surface Systems Office. "This is the water rush." Water has already been found on asteroids and...

2012-11-02 07:19:41

Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has completed its first three performance milestones for NASA's Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) initiative, which is intended to lead to the availability of commercial human spaceflight services for government and commercial customers. During the company's first milestone, a technical baseline review, NASA and SpaceX reviewed the Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket for crew transportation to low-Earth orbit and discussed future plans...

SpaceX Payload Satellite Lost
2012-10-13 10:41:24

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online News out of Cape Canaveral, FL has many in the burgeoning private space industry disheartened. In what was to be a coup for this new incarnation of the American space program, SpaceX, a private firm started and run by Elon Musk, one of the co-founders of PayPal, sent up one of Space Exploration Technologies´ Falcon 9 rockets with an experimental communications satellite flying piggyback. This is the same SpaceX mission that was...

SpaceX Falcon Rocket Pushes Secondary Payload Into Wrong Orbit
2012-10-10 10:46:29

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While the Dragon capsule was able to survive an engine failure with the Falcon 9 rocket on Sunday, news broke that a satellite aboard a secondary payload suffered from the event. SpaceX launched its Falcon 9 rocket on Sunday, with both the Dragon capsule and Orbcomm's prototype OG2 communication satellite onboard. During launch, one of the rocket's nine Merlin engines lost pressure and suddenly shutdown, leaving its secondary...

SpaceX's Dragon Capsule Successfully Docks With Space Station
2012-10-10 10:30:36

[WATCH The Launch Video] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Expedition 33 Commander Sunita Williams successfully guided the SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft into its docking port on the International Space Station´s Harmony node at 9:03 a.m. (EDT) this morning. Using the ISS´s Canadarm2 robotic arm, Williams and Flight Engineer Akihiko Hoshide first grabbed Dragon at 6:56 a.m. as it passed within 32 feet of the orbiting lab, some 255 miles above the...


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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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abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
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