Thursday, April 24, 2008

SpaceX gets Launch Services Contract from NASA

SpaceX can now compete for more NASA missions. Ah yeah!

From Elon:

"Receiving the NASA Launch Services contract for the Falcon 1 and Falcon 9 is a significant endorsement of SpaceX's products and of our plans for the future. In addition to the fourteen missions we've sold thus far, gaining NLS approval constitutes further validation of SpaceX's technology, and opens the doors for the wide variety of NASA spacecraft to fly aboard our launch vehicles. We look forward to working with NASA to send their payloads to Earth orbit, Geostationary orbit, the Moon, Mars and beyond.


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Saturday, April 19, 2008

Falcon 1 ships to Kwaj for June Launch

Flight 3 of Falcon 1 heads to Kwajalein, with the upgraded Merlin 1C engine.

This flight will carry the DoD's (Department of Defense's) ORS (Operationally Responsive Space) office's first JMP (Jumpstart Mission Payload) into orbit.

I wonder if texting actually started with the Department of Defense? They certainly keep to their abbreviations, imnsho. :/

From the SpaceX blog:
"In addition to the ORS primary payload, Flight 003 will also carry a rideshare adapter experiment for ATSB of Malaysia (the primary customer for the following Falcon 1 launch, F1-004), and two CubeSat"

I'll keep you updated.


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