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2012-09-26 07:49:30

NASA is inviting social media users to apply for credentials for the Oct. 7 launch of the first contracted cargo resupply flight to the International Space Station under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services contract. The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is targeted to liftoff at 8:34 p.m. EDT from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. A back up launch opportunity is available on Oct. 8. Social media users selected to attend the SpaceX launch will be given the same...

SpaceX Successfully Tests Reusable Rocket
2012-09-25 14:11:15

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online SpaceX tested out its reusable rocket at the company's Texas test site on Friday in a short flight that lasted about three-seconds. The company's concept calls for the Falcon 9 rocket's first stage to descend and land vertically by using engine thrust for touchdown at or near the launch site. The 106-foot-tall rocket, named Grasshopper due to its insect-like landing legs, consists of a Falcon 9 first stage and a Merlin 1D engine...

SpaceX Dragon Capsule
2012-09-21 11:17:20

John Neumann for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online With one successful launch and docking of a capsule to the orbiting science station under its belt, SpaceX is moving ahead quickly on the next planned mission to use its Dragon capsule to resupply the International Space Station (ISS) with half a ton of supplies, reports Zeenews and NASA. October 7 is the date penciled in by NASA for the first of twelve contracted US cargo resupply missions to the ISS, writes Shane McGlaun for...

NASA Awards Development Grants
2012-08-05 05:03:36

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Three commercial aerospace development firms have been awarded a share of more than $1 billion in NASA grants as part of a program to complete a new spacecraft to transport American astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS), various media outlets have reported. The US space agency has awarded contracts totaling $1.1 billion to SpaceX, Boeing, and the Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) as part of their Commercial Crew...

2012-07-17 09:03:11

NASA has selected Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) of Hawthorne, Calif., to launch the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Jason-3 spacecraft in December 2014 aboard a Falcon 9 v1.0 rocket from Complex 4 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The total value of the Jason-3 launch service is approximately $82 million. This estimated cost includes the task ordered launch service for the Falcon 9 v1.0, plus additional services under other contracts for payload...

Successful Firing For SpaceX’s Merlin 1D Engine
2012-06-26 04:22:16

Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) announces that its Merlin 1D engine has achieved a full mission duration firing and multiple restarts at target thrust and specific impulse (Isp). The engine firing was for 185 seconds with 147,000 pounds of thrust, the full duration and power required for a Falcon 9 rocket launch. The tests took place at SpaceX's rocket development facility in McGregor, Texas. "This is another important milestone in our efforts to push the boundaries of space...


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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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