SpaceX launches historic mission to space station

Tue, 22 May 2012 05:33:32 -0700 SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket roared to life before dawn at Cape Canaveral, Fla., today and blasted into space on a column of fire that lit the night sky for miles around.

SpaceX blasts off to space station in historic first

Tue, 22 May 2012 07:24:59 -0700 Opening a new era in private space flight, the US company SpaceX on Tuesday became the first commercial outfit to launch its own craft toward the International Space Station.

SpaceX readies for new rocket launch to space lab

Mon, 21 May 2012 23:21:56 -0700 SpaceX on Tuesday readied a fresh bid to become the first private firm to launch a craft to the space station after fixing an engine problem that grounded its earlier attempt.

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SpaceX Dragon Launched Successfully [VIDEO]

The Falcon 9 rocket carrying the SpaceX Dragon capsule has launched successfully at 3:44 AM ET.

Confirmed: SpaceX Dragon Ferried 'Scotty's' Remains Into Space

When actor James Doohan died in 2005, the man who played Star Trek's engineer Scotty had one request: That his ashes be launched into space.

SpaceX Dragon is ready for launch (again) at 3:44AM ET, view the …

After being scrubbed a few days ago, it appears we are just minutes from viewing the launch of SpaceX's Dragon capsule on a Falcon 9 rocket. The plan is.

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11 Responses to Spacex

  • Anonymous says:

    Is There Still A Future In Space Exploration Again? With the launch of SpaceX rocket into space today does it make you wonder where might our space program might be in another 50 years from now?

  • Anonymous says:

    Why Is The News Media Making A Big Deal About Spacex(a Private Company) Launching A Rocket. What About Boing? Also a private company that has been building rockets for decades. Or Lockheed (a private company) building rockets? What makes SpaceX (yet another private company) so special, I don’t get it.

  • Anonymous says:

    Why Was The SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch Aborted At The Last Half-second? I was somewhat disappointed that they had to abort at the last second but at least they’ll be able to fix any miscalculations that could have caused an accident. Anyway, what was the cause of the launch being aborted and when will they attempt another launch?

  • Anonymous says:

    When The Spacex Dragon Launch Goes To The International Space Station On Tuesday 5/22/2012 Will It Have? Astronauts on board or will it be an unmanned flight

    • Curator says:

      The first few launches are all unmanned cargo runs – the Dragon capsule and Falcon launch vehicle are not yet rated for manned flight

  • Abby Normal says:

    Who Is On Your “Rocket List”? Poll: What Celebrities Would You Put On A Rocket To Space? A private company is about to make another attempt to send the ashes of celebrities and others (308 people total) into space:–abc-news-tv.html

    In the spirit of Love and Goodwill that simply permeates the Answers community, let’s take it one step further:
    Which current celebrities would you most like to send up on a rocket to never grace our atmosphere, or Popular Culture, ever again?

    Shameless Attempt to Get Even One Answer on my Sixteen Hour Old Question about the singer Paul Carrack (Squeeze, Mike & the Mechanics):;_ylt=Ak4bRKRvT.qtnrH9d7rUTTjsy6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20120517191010AAWji1K

    Didn’t think it was THIS bad a question! lol

  • Anonymous says:

    What Are The Primary Difficulties Associated With Launching Into Low-earth Orbit? Additionally, what are the technical hurdles that must be overcome and what are the primary drivers of cost? This inquiry is prompted by the hype surrounding tomorrow’s SpaceX launch to the ISS. Countries have been launching into low-earth orbit, geostationary orbit, and various others since the late 1950s and the modern launch systems are precise and beyond doubt. Why would it be considered such an achievement for a private company to do this? Surely, the ONLY achievement here would be that it’s not a nation-state undertaking this task…

    • Curator says:

      The hurdles for Space-X is the same for the American or Russian governments (or the other 20 governments that launch orbital missions). Building a lightweight, yet strong enough vehicle to withstand the blast of launch, the mach-3 to mach-8 slipstream through the atmosphere, and maintaining a satellite or vehicle through that environment.

      What Space-X doesn’t have that the American and Russian governments do is nearly unlimited funds. A failure or two is a sizeable chunk of their income – while the payload may be insured through Lloyds of London, the vehicle itself is not. When Apollo 13 failed to land on the moon, Grumman still got paid for building the lunar module, North American still got paid for the Command and service modules, and McDonnell-Douglas still got paid for building the 3rd stage; but if a private company fails in it’s endeavor, insurance may cover the cost of the payload – but the cost of the *rocket* is on the company itself. If it fails once, then twice – the people paying them to launch their products into space are probably going to go look for another booster.

      And *that’s* why it’s such an achievement – not for technical reasons, but for commercial ones.

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