PayPal founder's rocket sucessfullly launched into space

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PayPal founder's rocket sucessfullly launched into space

Postby admin » Wed Mar 21, 2007 1:24 pm

Good news. :D

The Falcon 1 "budget" rocket developed by PayPal founder Elon Musk finally made it to space early this morning (GMT) - a tad under a year after a previous launch attempt ended in disaster.

The 21-metre Space Exploration Technologies rocket blasted off at 2110 EDT yesterday (0110 GMT Wednesday) from Omelek Island in the Marshall Islands, New Scientist reports. It had been due to go on Monday when "its computers automatically aborted the launch due to a software glitch". After another minor glitch on Tuesday, due to a "low pressure reading", it eventually took just a few minutes to exit the Earth's atmosphere.

It wasn't all plain sailing, though. Around five minutes into the flight, the booster's second-stage engine shut down early because of an "unexpected roll". Musk dismissed the problem as "something straightforward to fix", beaming: "It's definitely a good day."


http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/03/21 ... ne_launch/
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Postby etowah » Sat Mar 24, 2007 10:23 pm

The fresh air of competition enters the space business :D
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Postby 4tees » Sun Mar 25, 2007 9:37 am

Space exploration is an inherently risky "business". Unfortunately NASA seems to have forgotten that. Further innovation will likely come from other parties less concerned about the guaranteed setbacks and temporary failures that are the cost of progress at the edge of technology. Too bad our government didn?t apply that misplaced caution where it would have done some good; like deciding to go to war in Iraq.
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Postby admin » Sun Mar 25, 2007 11:38 pm

Governments spent hundreds of billions laying the groundwork. Now it's the private sector's turn to spend a small fraction as much creating new industries based on (relatively) inexpensive access to space. If Elon Musk, Paul Allen and Richard Branson can finance the competition to make access to space more economical, I'm all for it. If they make a profit in the process, good for them.
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Postby MurphyMobile » Thu Mar 29, 2007 7:04 am

etowah wrote:The fresh air of competition enters the space business :D


And it is much cheaper as they stated. :D
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