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SpaceX Rocket Launch Sparks ‘UFO’ Sightings: Reports (Video) – Space.com

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UFO over Indian Ocean? SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket sparks sightings – NBCNews.com

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UFO over Indian Ocean? SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket sparks sightings
Reports about a fuzzy-looking unidentified flying object streamed in from observers in southern Africa and the Indian Ocean islands of Mauritius and Reunion. The sightings came about an hour after the Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket's launch from Vandenberg Air
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Goal of SpaceX is to create ‘self-sustaining civilization on Mars’

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Elon Musk, founder of private space company SpaceX, recently explained to CNNMoney that a long-term goal of SpaceX is to create a “self-sustaining civilization on Mars.”

In August 2012, Musk told ABC News that he hopes to be ready to send humans to Mars in 2025. He has stated many times that he wants to be a passenger on his company’s first flight to the red planet. And in a March 2013 interview with Vanity Fair, he explained that he wants “to die on Mars, just not on impact.”


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SpaceX and NASA ISS Resupply Mission Scheduled For Oct. 7, 2012

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View from the International Space Station of the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft as the station’s robotic arm moves Dragon into place for attachment to the station.  May 25, 2012. Photo: NASA; Courtesy SpaceX.com.

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HOUSTON — NASA managers, Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) officials and international partner representatives Thursday announced Sunday, Oct. 7, as the target launch date for the first contracted cargo resupply flight to the International Space Station under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract.

International Space Station Program managers confirmed the status and readiness of the Falcon 9 rocket and its Dragon cargo spacecraft for the SpaceX CRS-1 mission, as well as the space station’s readiness to receive Dragon.

Launch is scheduled for 8:34 p.m. EDT from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. A back up launch opportunity is available on Oct. 8.

Media accreditation to view the launch now is open. International media without U.S. citizenship must apply for credentials to cover the prelaunch and launch activities by Wednesday, Sept 26. For U.S. media, the deadline to apply is Wednesday, Oct. 3.

Questions about accreditation may be directed to the Public Affairs Office at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center at 321-867-2468. All media accreditation requests must be submitted online at: https://media.ksc.nasa.gov

The launch of the Dragon spacecraft will be the first of 12 contracted flights by SpaceX to resupply the space station and marks the second trip by a Dragon to the station, following a successful demonstration mission in May. SpaceX services under the CRS contract will restore an American capability to deliver and return significant amounts of cargo, including science experiments, to the orbiting laboratory — a feat not achievable since the retirement of the space shuttle.

The Dragon will be filled with about 1,000 pounds of supplies. This includes critical materials to support the 166 investigations planned for the station’s Expedition 33 crew, including 63 new investigations. The Dragon will return about 734 pounds of scientific materials, including results from human research, biotechnology, materials and educational experiments, as well as about 504 pounds of space station hardware.

Materials being launched on Dragon will support experiments in plant cell biology, human biotechnology and various materials technology demonstrations, among others. One experiment, called Micro 6, will examine the effects of microgravity on the opportunistic yeast Candida albicans, which is present on all humans. Another experiment, called Resist Tubule, will evaluate how microgravity affects the growth of cell walls in a plant called Arabidopsis. About 50 percent of the energy expended by terrestrial-bound plants is dedicated to structural support to overcome gravity. Understanding how the genes that control this energy expenditure operate in microgravity could have implications for future genetically modified plants and food supply. Both Micro 6 and Resist Tubule will return with the Dragon at the end of its mission.

Expedition 33 Commander Sunita Williams of NASA and Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency will use a robot arm to grapple the Dragon following its rendezvous with the station on Wednesday, Oct. 10. They will attach the Dragon to the Earth-facing port of the station’s Harmony module for a few weeks while crew members unload cargo and load experiment samples for return to Earth.

Dragon is scheduled to return in late October for a parachute-assisted splashdown in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of southern California.

While NASA works with U.S. industry partners to develop commercial spaceflight capabilities, the agency also is developing the Orion spacecraft and the Space Launch System (SLS), a crew capsule and heavy-lift rocket to provide an entirely new capability for human exploration. Designed to be flexible for launching spacecraft for crew and cargo missions, SLS and Orion will expand human presence beyond low Earth orbit and enable new missions of exploration across the solar system.

For information about the International Space Station, research in low Earth orbit, NASA’s commercial space programs and the future of American spaceflight, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/exploration

For NASA TV downlink, schedule and streaming video information, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

For more information about SpaceX, visit: http://www.spacex.com

About SpaceX

SpaceX designs, manufactures and launches the world’s most advanced rockets and spacecraft. With a diverse manifest of more than 40 launches to resupply the space station and deliver commercial and government satellites to orbit, SpaceX is the world’s fastest growing launch services provider. In 2012, SpaceX made history when its Dragon spacecraft became the first commercial vehicle to successfully attach to the International Space Station — a feat previously achieved by only four governments. With the retirement of the Space Shuttle, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft are carrying cargo, and one day will carry astronauts, to and from the space station for NASA.
Founded in 2002 by Elon Musk, SpaceX is a private company owned by management and employees, with minority investments from Founders Fund, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, and Valor Equity Partners. The company has more than 1,800 employees in California, Texas, Florida and Washington, DC. For more information, visit SpaceX.com.


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NASA and SpaceX: Is it a good match?

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SpaceX Plans Flights to Private Space Station – Huffington Post (blog)

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SpaceX delays launch to space station

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Private space company SpaceX was scheduled to launch its Dragon capsule next week aboard a Falcon 9 rocket to rendezvous with the International Space Station (ISS). But the launch has been delayed for at least a week.

Illustration of Dragon approaching the ISS. (Credit: NASA / SpaceX)

On Monday, April 23, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced on Twitter, “Am pushing launch back approx a week to do more testing on Dragon docking code. New date pending coordination with @NASA.”

SpaceX is attempting to launch its unmanned Dragon spacecraft from Florida, sending it on a 21-day mission to the ISS. As Forbes explains, if the mission is successful, “it will mark the first time a private spacecraft has docked with the International Space Station.”

NASA has transport contracts with SpaceX, among other private space companies. Space.com explains, “SpaceX is developing Dragon and Falcon 9 to carry cargo under NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program, which aims to use commercial space taxis to replace the supply delivery services of the retired space shuttles.”

The Dragon capsule is designed to carry humans, and manned flights to the ISS via Dragon are estimated to begin in three years, but Musk and SpaceX have their sights set higher than the ISS. Musk has repeatedly stated his intention of going to Mars. In a recent interview with Forbes, Musk explained, “I’m okay with going to the moon, but we’ve seen that movie before and remakes are never as good. It would be more significant to have a base on the Moon, rather than just going back.”

The recent launch delay is unfortunate, but it is only a minor setback for a visionary company leading the private space charge.

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SpaceX To Make Test Flight To International Space Station

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Green light for SpaceX flight to space station

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NASA has agreed to let Space Exploration Technologies — SpaceX — make a long-awaited test fight to the International Space Station, pending final tests.

SpaceX will combine two test flights of its unmanned Dragon cargo ship into a single mission, aiming for launch on 7 February.
SpaceX will combine two test flights of its unmanned Dragon cargo ship into a single mission, aiming for launch on 7 February.
The primary goal of the demonstration flight is to test the capsule’s autonomous navigation and control systems before beginning routine commercial flights to deliver critical supplies to the lab complex.
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“Pending all of the final safety reviews and testing, SpaceX will send its Dragon spacecraft to rendezvous with the International Space Station in less than two months,” Lori Garver, NASA’s deputy administrator, said on Friday. “So it’s the opening of that new commercial cargo delivery era for ISS.”

Boosted into low-Earth orbit by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, the Dragon capsule will rendezvous with the space station two days after launch and carry out a series of tests to verify its software and control systems are working properly before NASA flight controllers give clearance for final approach.

If all goes well, the Dragon spacecraft will pull up to within about 30 feet of the lab complex on 10 or 11 February and wait for the station’s robot arm to lock on and pull it in for a docking at the Earth-facing port of the forward Harmony module. The arm will be operated by Expedition 30 commander Dan Burbank, who arrived at the lab last month, and Donald Pettit, who is scheduled for launch on 21 December aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket.

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SpaceX breaks ground for new launch pad

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A rocket launching at Vandenberg Air Force Base (credit: USAF)

A rocket launching at Vandenberg Air Force Base (credit: USAF)

Space Exploration Technologies, better known as SpaceX, will break ground today on a new launch pad. The company’s CEO, Elon Musk, as well as state and local officials, will be on hand for the groundbreaking ceremony taking place at Vandenberg Air Force Base, northwest of Los Angeles, California.

SpaceX is renovating an old launch pad from the 1960s at the base to be able to accommodate their mammoth Falcon Heavy rocket. Falcon Heavy is still being constructed by the company, and will reportedly be the world’s most powerful rocket, capable of sending cargo, and possibly even people, into space. According to the Huffington Post, the rennovations of the launch pad are expected to cost between – million, and will take 18 months to complete.

Artist's rendering of Falcon Heavy's liftoff (credit: SpaceX)

Artist’s rendering of Falcon Heavy’s liftoff (credit: SpaceX)

The company’s goal is to launch Falcon Heavy from the new launch pad in 2013. With NASA’s space shuttle program coming to a close, companies like SpaceX will likely fill the void. As the Huffington Post points out, “SpaceX already has a NASA contract to supply the International Space Station with cargo using its smaller Falcon 9.” And the company hopes to secure additional contracts with NASA and other customers, which could include taking satellites into space, as well as humans on future manned exploration missions.


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SpaceX Rocketing into Space in 2012

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World’s Most Powerful Rocket Ready in 2012, SpaceX Says

Foxnews.com- The era of the Space Shuttle is ending. And SpaceX plans to take over.

Elon Musk, the millionaire founder of private space company Space Exploration Technologies Corp (SpaceX for short) said the long planned Falcon Heavy vehicle would be ready for lift off at the end of 2012. The rocket, which he called the most powerful in the world, would be capable of taking men to the International Space Station, dropping vehicles and astronauts on the moon — and maybe even cruising to Mars and back.

“This is a rocket of truly huge scale,” Musk said at a press conference unveiling the rocket. “With Falcon Heavy, we’ll be able to put well over 100,000 pounds into orbit,” he said, and possibly as much as 120,000 pounds.

“That’s more than a fully loaded Boeing 737 — with passengers and fuel” and even luggage, Musk said.

The Falcon Heavy consists of a standard Falcon 9 rocket with two additional Falcon 9 first-stage rockets acting as liquid strap-on boosters. The upgraded Merlin engines that power the rocket will generate 3.8 million pounds of thrust at liftoff — the equivalent of 15 Boeing 747s, he said.

It is intended primarily to carry satellites and other such payloads into space, though it will meet NASA’s requirements for carrying humans as well

“It can launch people if need be, and do so safely,” he said.

Musk said this version of the spacecraft would have twice the capability of the space shuttle.

The Falcon Heavy will also dramatically surpass the Delta IV Heavy’s 25-ton capacity and the yet-to-be-built Atlas 5 Heavy’s 32 tons. It will be assembled at California’s Vanderburg Air Force Base, but Musk said it would be able to take off from Cape Canaveral as well.

Musk also claimed the Falcon Heavy would cost a third per flight than the Delta IV rocket, and sets a new world record for the cost per pound to orbit of around about a thousand dollars. A launch is estimated at million, the company said, while an Atlas 5 costs as much as 0 million more.

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Note:  I guess the military is unwilling to share their anti-gravity secrets.  Go figure. -SW


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