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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.

Falcon 9

Elon Musk, who made his fortune on the Internet, founder of SpaceX, in front of Falcon 9 during his arrival at Cape Canaveral.


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CNN Report on SpaceX

Official SpaceX Website

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.

Dragon approaching International Space Station. Courtesy NASA

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