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SpaceX - Space Exploration Technologies Corp

Post  Admin on Fri Mar 18, 2011 4:17 pm

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) is an American space transport company founded by PayPal co-founder Elon Musk. It has developed the Falcon 1 and Falcon 9 rockets, both of which are built with a goal of being reusable launch vehicles. SpaceX is also developing the Dragon spacecraft to be carried to orbit by Falcon 9 launch vehicles. SpaceX designs, tests and fabricates the majority of their components in-house, including the Merlin, Kestrel, and Draco rocket engines.

Originally based in El Segundo, SpaceX now operates out of Hawthorne, California, USA.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SpaceX





Falcon 9


http://www.planet-techno-science.com/en/index.php/space-conquest/falcon-9-debut-stands-aside-for-shuttle/






Elon Musk, who made his fortune on the Internet, founder of SpaceX, in front of Falcon 9 during his arrival at Cape Canaveral. http://www.enjoyspace.com/en/news/the-rocket-off-the-web



http://potentiatenebrasrepellendi.blogspot.com/2009/01/spacexs-falcon-9-on-pad.html


Launch


Full Video



CNN Report on SpaceX




Official SpaceX Website
http://www.spacex.com/



Dragon Spacecraft with Solar Panels deployed


Dragon is a free-flying, reusable spacecraft being developed by SpaceX under NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program. Initiated internally by SpaceX in 2005, the Dragon spacecraft is made up of a pressurized capsule and unpressurized trunk used for Earth to LEO transport of pressurized cargo, unpressurized cargo, and/or crew members.

http://www.spacex.com/dragon.php



Dragon approaching International Space Station. Courtesy NASA

http://www.spacex.com/dragon.php
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