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SpaceX Achieves Earth Orbit
« on: June 04, 2010, 04:03:33 PM »


They’ve done it again.
Space Exploration Technologies launched its Falcon 9 rocket into earth orbit on its inaugural flight today, a key milestone in the startup’s plan to take cargo into space once the last of the space shuttles retires.
The two stage, 180-foot rocket left the pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at about 2:45 p.m. Eastern. It achieved earth orbit nine minutes later. The lauch this afternoon followed several delays earlier in the day including a sailboat that had wandered into an off limits area near the launch site and an attempt that was aborted just seconds before ignition due to an engine related issue.
SpaceX founder (and Tesla CEO) Elon Musk hopes to use the Falcon 9 to compete against United Launch Alliance — a joint venture between Boeing and Lockheed-Martin. SpaceX hopes to use the rocket to power Dragon, a craft that could carry cargo — and perhaps people — to the International Space Station. The Obama Administration wants to rely more heavily on private firms to supply the station.
SpaceX was awarded $3.5 billion in contracts by NASA to deliver cargo to the ISS through 2016. Today’s launch was the first orbital launch by the company. SpaceX’s first rocket launch, the Falcon 1, occurred in 2008 after several failed first attempts.


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