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12/23/2015
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SpaceX Rocket Landing: Dawn Of New Space Age?

This week, SpaceX founder Elon Musk achieved part of his goal of bringing spaceflight a little closer to home with the successful landing of the Falcon 9 rocket. Are we nearing the dawn of a new space age?

(Image: SpaceX)

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TroyASr
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12/29/2015 | 1:43:59 PM
Re: What shape was it in?
I was at the after-party in Cape Canaveral when Elon returned from inspecting the landed rocket. He told us "it is in such good shape, we could re-fuel her and send her up again!" So very little "re-furb" would be required - that was the whole goal.

The next day, however, Elon told reporters that he probably will NOT re-launch the Falcon 9, only because of its "historical signifigance." He probably wants to save her for a museum etc.
yalanand
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12/27/2015 | 7:31:00 AM
Re: What shape was it in?
@Stratustician: I believe SpaceX would be the pioneer in space tourism because of the "don't give up" attitude and guidance of Elon Musk. The man had invested in SpaceX even before investing in Tesla. I have to say his sense of predicting the future is as sharp as other similarly successful entrepreneurs.
yalanand
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12/27/2015 | 7:28:11 AM
Re: Congratulations to Mr. Musk
Doesn't Virgin airlines have a space tourism side as well? I heard they were making space crafts for the rich 10% of this world.
yalanand
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12/27/2015 | 7:26:42 AM
Re: Congratulations to Mr. Musk
@Gary El: Elon is one of my current favourite entrepreneurs mostly because he does what he says. SpaceX made history and the face of space exploration would change in the coming 5 years or so.
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12/26/2015 | 9:22:20 PM
Re: What shape was it in?
Good point. Economics is required to make history on a budget. Deploying 11 satellites for specific M2M communication is a massive mission in its own right. If we take into consideration that there are around 1,100 working satellites in space at the moment then, 11 additional satellites is a major addition. As a bonus, the landing will enable future deployments to cost less.

I wonder if ORBCOMM has provided additional information about the capabilities that the new satellite fleet will enable.
Broadway0474
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12/25/2015 | 10:50:51 PM
Re: Congratulations to Mr. Musk
If space tourism is what pays the bills for what Musk is really after --- space colonization --- then let's hope it goes down to a cost where most people in the top 1 to 10 percent of America can take a spin. That would subsidize many of the rest of us when we need to find a new home in the galaxy after Earth goes to hell.
Gary_EL
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12/25/2015 | 3:59:09 AM
Re: Congratulations to Mr. Musk
Private customers, as yet, have no non-trivial way to make all that much money in space, and so the main customer has to remain the gov't and the military for now. But, what if Musk is even close to right and the cost of shipping a pound of cargo into space goes down by anything close to a factor of a hundred? Then who knows what might be possible!
MatthewO028
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12/24/2015 | 6:27:28 PM
SpaceX Rocket landing
The cheering crowd was SpaceX Employees at their Hawthorne, California facility, not the Cape.
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12/24/2015 | 11:05:27 AM
Re: Congratulations to Mr. Musk
That's where things like Blue Origin can really help. While the Amazon rocket can take people to the edge of 'space' really cheaply, it will allow more people to try it and get a buzz for going into space. Give it a few years, with successful re-uses of the Falcon 9 under its belt, and Space X will be able to offer trips up for less than a million dollars. 
jries921
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12/24/2015 | 10:21:21 AM
Congratulations to Mr. Musk
If commercial space travel is ever to be more than a libertarian fantasy, then these are the sorts of experiments that need to succeed.

But he he will also need to round up some real live private customers instead of relying on government contracts.
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