SpaceX Finally Reaches Orbit

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News Posted: Mon, Sep 29 2008 4:33 PM

What do you know?  The fourth time is the charm, at least for the Falcon 1 two-stage SpaceX rocket.  This was the fourth flight of the rocket, and it became the first commercial space vehicle to reach earth orbit.



Elon Musk, CEO and CTO of SpaceX, who made his fortune as co-founder of PayPal prior to starting this space venture, said:



"This is a great day for SpaceX and the culmination of an enormous amount of work by a great team. The data shows we achieved a super precise orbit insertion—middle of the bull's-eye — and then went on to coast and restart the second stage, which was icing on the cake."

Of course, the saddest part about the failure of flight 3 was the loss of not just three government satellites, but for space juinkies, the loss of the human ashes of astronaut Gordon Cooper and "Star Trek" actor James Doohan (Scotty).  Flight 4 carried only a dummy payload of 364 pounds.

Falcon 1 is a 70-foot-long rocket powered by liquid oxygen and
kerosene, but the company is also developing a larger launch vehicle,
the Falcon 9, for NASA. That vehicle is designed to be capable of
flying to the International Space Station (ISS), for use when the space
shuttle fleet retires in 2010.

Watch a video of the launch below.





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3vi1 replied on Mon, Sep 29 2008 4:45 PM

>> the saddest part about the failure of flight 3 was the loss of not just three government satellites, but for space juinkies, the loss of the human ashes of astronaut Gordon Cooper and "Star Trek" actor James Doohan (Scotty) <<

The saddest part is that after your first two rockets explode, the government gives you a few multi-million-dollar satellites and the ashes of famous people to sit on top of the third one.

 

>> Flight 4 carried only a dummy payload of 364 pounds.

Which should be equivalent to about 7 million U.S. dollars by next Friday, if my 401k is any indication.

 

What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?

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I watched the video earlier. Very exciting times!

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