* Posts by The Western Spaceport

5 publicly visible posts • joined 28 Sep 2011

Chow rocket blasts off for ISS: Awww, freeze-dried ice cream AGAIN

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Re: SpaceX is persona non-grata

Not true. There was extensive web/closed-circuit broadcasting ("NASA TV") of SpaceX's last launch to ISS. Today's mission was for Orbcomm, a different customer, not NASA.

And while we're also on the subject of contractors, check out the latest from the Motley Fool on who made NASA's top ten list. It might surprise you: http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2014/07/13/who-are-nasas-top-10-contractors.aspx

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Re: "private space company"

Orbital was founded and incorporated in 1982 by three friends who had met earlier while at Harvard Business School: David Thompson, Bruce Ferguson and Scott Webster -- not exactly as you wish to claim, you anonymous coward.

SpaceX FINALLY lobs six sats into orbit (don't mention the landing)

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Learn to understand first before commenting

Typical, clueless idiot posters.

The first stage recovery *experiment* was a "bonus objective" on Monday's flight. SpaceX wants to eventually make the rocket reusable, and the first step toward that goal is demonstrating the technical and economic viability of retrieving a used Falcon 9 first stage, refurbishing it and flying it again.

The company aims to reduce the landing error with initial controlled splashdowns in the ocean before attempting a vertical touchdown *on land* (i.e., the *real* objective). The company built two prototype Falcon 9 first stages used on short takeoff and landing hops at their test site in central Texas to prove the rocket's descent and guidance systems. Both worked fine, BTW.

Falcon 9's previous launch last April was the first time it flew with landing legs (Build a little, test a little, learn a little. What a concept, Anonymous Coward and Adam Foxton). Officials said the first stage achieved a soft, low-speed splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean, but heavy waves battered and destroyed the vehicle before ground crews could get to it.

Elon Musk's SpaceX to build 'Grasshopper' hover-rocket

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Robert -- @Probably because that haven't gotten very far height-wise for their size (cash or otherwise).

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DC-X redux

@Mike -- Somebody did; Jeff Bezos at Blue Origin: