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SpaceX crashed and burned

By Gary R, in , posted: 29-Mar-2006 09:47

The promise of privately funded and developed space flight took a step backwards when the debut flight of the SpaceX Falcon 1 rocket failed. Good old unknown 'technical reasons' caused the rocket to disintegrate about 1 minute after lift off.

I have been watching this company with some interest for a while and was looking forward to a successful debut. What is interesting is that the company is owned and funded by Elon Musk who started and later sold Pay Pal to eBay for a billion odd dollars. Musk could have retired and spent the rest of his life playing golf instead he has backed himself on what can be described as an expensive and highly risky business venture.

One failure will not ruin SpaceX but 2 or 3 failures probably will. Good on him and I hope he does eventually succeed.  


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Comment by juha, on 29-Mar-2006 10:58

Near to NZ and perhaps a more practical project than SpaceX, the HyShot III scramjet engine seems to have had a succesful flight in Woomera: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/4832254.stm


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