Wednesday

SpaceX Progress Update (Falcon 9)

-Posted by D. Worth (US) | for- M. Barbay France (US trip!)

Private US Company Rises to the task!
Amazing Images Here!


Image: One second before the firing of Nine Merlin engines, which produced 855,000 lbs of thrust! VIDEO.






NASA Selects Private American-owned company (SpaceX) and their Falcon 9 Booster and Dragon Spacecraft for Cargo Resupply Services to the International Space Station! - spaceX.com

Building America's Commercial Manned Space Program...
Improving Cost & Reliability of Satellite Transportation! more.



(Video above) gives you an idea of launch of a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft, berthing at the International Space Station (& return to Earth) [C.S: NASA]

VIDEO: SpaceX Fulfills Year-End Commitment... MUST VIEW!
Delivering Falcon 9 Hardware to Cape in Preparation for 2009 Maiden Flight.
"2008 has been a year of rapid progress for SpaceX," said Elon Musk, CEO and CTO of SpaceX. "The delivery of the Falcon 9 to the Cape is a major milestone in designing and deploying the most reliable, cost-efficient fleet of launch vehicles in the world...
I applaud our SpaceX team who has worked 24/7 to make this happen." read more.
Now that Falcon 1 and Falcon 9 have met the NASA requirements, NASA has awarded a billion dollar launch service contract to SpaceX!

-This is where it all turned around (re-post)...
Remembering Falcon 1 Vehicle 4 lift-off from Kwajalein Atoll on Sunday, Sept 28 (CA time). The unmanned private launch went perfectly...
Great Video!



Space Exploration 365 knows these vehicles will contend for launch missions. Additionally the program has two more options. Only two times a year does NASA allow domestic companies to submit...

Today's Links...
Article excerpt 12.30.08:
"Falcon 9 is now fully integrated at the Cape... Today we mated the 5.2 m payload fairing to the Falcon 9 first stage. This was the final step in the integration process—one day ahead of schedule.

With Falcon 9 integrated, our focus shifts to the big launch mount and erector. All the pieces have been delivered, and the coming days will see a tremendous amount of welding to join them all together." read more!

-More Spacefellowship News: here.

Official SpaceX site (Multi-media Videos) View.

Evidently this is just a short plane-trip from my home (in Jan!)
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