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Old 17th April 2012, 12:28 PM   #1
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Default Yanks prepare to open the era of private-sector space flight

The rapidly expanding SpaceX company employs 2000 people, including nearly 900 scientists and engineers. It secured initial funding from Silicon Valley.


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SpaceX's Dragon ship set for station visit

Jonathan Amos
16th April 2012
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The first cargo resupply mission to the space station to be carried out by a commercial operator is likely to be on 30 April, the US space agency says.

The flight of the unmanned Dragon freighter is supposed to be just a demonstration, but its success would mark a new era in spaceflight.

Nasa is keen to hand off routine space transportation to the private sector - for both cargo and crew.

The upcoming mission will be performed by the SpaceX company of California.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-1773248
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Old 17th April 2012, 2:04 PM   #2
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looks cool, I will be watching this
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Old 17th April 2012, 7:05 PM   #3
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Old 27th April 2012, 2:06 PM   #4
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NET launch date is May 7th now.
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Old 19th May 2012, 1:35 PM   #5
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SpaceX Launch today. Live action starts online at UTC 0815 that is 1615 WST and 1815 AEST.

http://www.spacex.com/updates.php

Maybe a Mod could chuck this on the news page perhaps. I'm sure a few of the OCAU community would be interested
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3 hours 50 mins til launch.
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The rapidly expanding SpaceX company employs 2000 people, including nearly 900 scientists and engineers.
What do the other 55% do? :S
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15 mins till the webcast goes live

http://www.spacex.com/webcast/
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Old 19th May 2012, 6:16 PM   #9
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webcast is now live.
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The blonde is fairly decent looking, lol
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That guy's moustache is a bit scary.
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That guy's moustache is a bit scary.
it's not a ride!
but yeah he does look a bit suss eh
pretty sure hes there to clean ze pool

srsly though, this is pretty awesome...
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beam me up scotty
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