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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

SpaceX cleared for Cape launches

A new rocket could be flying out of Cape Canaveral.

Air Force Space Command today announced it has given its blessing for SpaceX to operate Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. That's the old Titan 4 complex on the northern end of the Cape.

SpaceX is the budding aerospace company attempting to field a new fleet of space launchers called Falcon. Two test flights have occured from an island in the Pacific Ocean, but the California-based company has been working with the Air Force for years to try to get clearance to launch the Falcon from the Cape too.

The safety approval process is a detailed, exhaustive review that takes time. The effort to get a new company's rocket cleared for flight spotlighted the need for

"The SpaceX license agreement is a good news story for the Air Force and Nation," said Gen. Kevin P. Chilton, commander of Air Force Space Command, in a written statement this afternoon. "These types of agreements encourage entrepreneurial space achievement which can benefit both the DoD and commercial space industries."

IMAGE NOTE: Click to enlarge the SpaceX photo of a Falcon 1 rocket taking off on a demonstration flight from an island launch site in the Pacific Ocean.


Anonymous said...

This blog post leaves out the important details that SpaceX's first launch attempt failed only a few seconds after leaving the ground. The second attempt reached space, but did not obtain sufficient velocity to stay in orbit. While SpaceX has showed tremendous progress, they are still working out the bugs. Though, there is little question that they will eventually be successful, and when they are successfull, it may shake up the aerospace industry's way of doing business.

5:53 PM  
nasscar said...

welcome Space X. more aerospace jobs for floridians and Americans in general.

6:10 PM  
Anonymous said...

Space X has started out just like Orbital did years back. They too had their problems. Mr. Musk has to loose the cockyness however. Before they even knew what happened to their last flight he was already calling it a success.

I hope they do succeed, just likw OSC did.

BTW, Congrats OSC 2 for 2 (Wallops, VAFB in 2 days!)

12:39 AM  
Egor said...

Hey Anonymous,

Why don't you search the net after learning how to read and try making comments in context.
Elon said that in the context of this launch as a demostration that "The launch was not perfect, but certainly pretty good. Given that the primary objectives were demonstrating responsive launch and gathering test data in advance of our first operational satellite launch later this year, the outcome was great."
When they fly their next mission as an operational mission and do not put the craft in the desired orbit that would then not be a success. In the mean time your ignorance just prepetuates ignorance.


11:17 AM  

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