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SpaceX Reaches Orbit [Oct. 12th, 2008|02:35 pm]
Because I was sick, I never got a chance to post about this. It's kinda old news but I'd feel remiss if I didn't mention it, having covered all their other attempts.

SpaceX finally succeeded on reaching orbit! Their Falcon I vehicle had a perfect launch and ride to space. They were able to complete a circularization burn while in space thereby putting them into the stable orbit they targetted.

This is the first time a private company and vehicle has put reached orbit.

Here's two video replay options:

  1. Full Coverage -- continuous coverage from T-18m through SECO, plus some words from a giddy and tongue-tied Elon Musk. Approx. 43 min.

  2. Music Video Highlights -- highlights from the pad prep, launch, flight, and orbital insertion edited (very nicely) to some Crystal Method. Approx 4 min.


[User Picture]From: sabercat
2008-10-12 09:59 pm (UTC)


At some point in our lifetimes I hope it becomes reasonably affordable to go up. I'd totally do it.
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[User Picture]From: twigmouse
2008-10-12 11:45 pm (UTC)
Very cool. I wonder who will bring the first fursuit to space ;-)
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[User Picture]From: shockwave77598
2008-10-13 02:52 pm (UTC)
Lockheed, Boeing and Sealift do it all the time.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2008-10-13 08:05 pm (UTC)
Do they develop their own privately-controlled vehicles? I thought they all did work on a contract basis (despite the size and involvement of the companies) as part of government or military programs and designs.

It's entirely possible I'm wrong on that; I'm not up on all the ins and outs of the companies, but I am reporting based on what I'm seeing quoted on space news sites.
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[User Picture]From: menagerie73
2008-10-14 09:54 pm (UTC)
I've heard that the launch was successful, which is great! I remember seeing a little blurb about one of their next attempts is going to be at Cape Canaveral next fall.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2008-10-16 07:47 pm (UTC)
Yes, they're scheduled to do a test of their Falcon9, which is a larger (9-engine) version. (They might also be planning Falcon1 launches; I don't know.)
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[User Picture]From: mothermonster
2008-10-16 12:49 am (UTC)
Keep up the space news--I think I get the most of my more in depth space news from your posts!! Thanks!
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