Ryan Thomason

Screw NASA, Let the Privateers Reign

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If you ever been the type to look up at the sky at night, stare at the stars and wish you could be up there looking down on Earth instead, you’ll like this news. SpaceX, which was started by Elon Musk (Creator of PayPal) has partnered with NASA to help usher in a new set of transports to the International Space Station. With the current space shuttle fleet from NASA set to be decommissioned, and the federal government not giving a crap about space exploration. It’s up to private companies to fill the gap.

If you like to watch rockets taking off, you have to watch the live webcast they are doing, the window for launch is open, so you never know when it is going to take off! http://www.spacex.com/webcast.php

Look below for an update straight from the SpaceX website.

Launch Window Opens: 11:00 AM Eastern / 8:00 AM Pacific / 1500 UTC
Launch window lasts 4 hours. SpaceX has also reserved a second launch day on Saturday 5 June, with the same hours.

As always, weather will play a significant role in our overall launch schedule. The weather experts at the Cape are giving us a 40% chance of “no go” conditions for both days of our window, citing the potential for cumulus clouds and anvil clouds from thunderstorms.

If the weather cooperates, SpaceX will provide a live webcast of the launch events, presently scheduled to begin 20 minutes prior to the opening of the launch window. Click here to visit our webcast page which will also be accessible from our home page the day of launch.

It’s important to note that since this is a test launch, our primary goal is to collect as much data as possible, with success being measured as a percentage of how many flight milestones we are able to complete in this first attempt. It would be a great day if we reach orbital velocity, but still a good day if the first stage functions correctly, even if the second stage malfunctions. It would be a bad day if something happens on the launch pad itself and we’re not able to gain any flight data.

If we have a bad day, it will be disappointing, but one launch does not make or break SpaceX as a company, nor commercial spaceflight as an industry. The Atlas rocket only succeeded on its 13th flight, and today it is the most reliable vehicle in the American fleet, with a record better than Shuttle.

Regardless of the outcome, this first launch attempt represents a key milestone for both SpaceX and the commercial spaceflight industry. Keep in mind the launch dates and times are still subject to change, so please check the webcast page above for updates to this schedule. We appreciate your ongoing support and we hope you will tune in on launch day.

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