SpaceX wins $440 million contract with NASA to develop the successor to the Space Shuttle

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    Aug 04, 2012 4:56 AM GMT
    Long discounted by the big players in aerospace, SpaceX has been a leader in slashing the costs of space transportation... and now NASA has awarded them with the contract to develop the next generation craft to bring humans to space. What's awesome is that SpaceX's ultimate goal is to provide transportation services to Mars.

    http://spaceflightnow.com/news/n1208/03ccicap/spacex.html

    Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) today won a $440 million contract with NASA to develop the successor to the Space Shuttle and transport American astronauts into space.

    "This is a decisive milestone in human spaceflight and sets an exciting course for the next phase of American space exploration," said SpaceX CEO and Chief Designer Elon Musk. "SpaceX, along with our partners at NASA, will continue to push the boundaries of space technology to develop the safest, most advanced crew vehicle ever flown."

    SpaceX expects to undertake its first manned flight by 2015 - a timetable that capitalizes on the proven success of the company's Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft combination. While Dragon is initially being used to transport cargo to the International Space Station, both Dragon and Falcon 9 were designed from the beginning to carry crew.
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    Aug 04, 2012 1:58 PM GMT
    I really hope Elon succeeds wildly with this and Tesla, his freethinking approach to problem solving and his concepts of what the future should be are exactly what is needed.

    alot of jealous insecure old-school industry types desperately want him to fail, but i hope he proves them wrong.

    though i heard where Tesla lost like a zillion $$ last quarter....maybe space-x can fund Tesla till it takes off?

    VIVE space-x!
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    Aug 04, 2012 2:48 PM GMT
    They should have hired me when I interviewed there!icon_exclaim.gif
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    Aug 04, 2012 2:51 PM GMT
    ADZ75 saidThey should have hired me when I interviewed there!icon_exclaim.gif
    HUGS* Beefy sexy super smart guy!
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    Aug 04, 2012 2:52 PM GMT
    ADZ75 saidThey should have hired me when I interviewed there!icon_exclaim.gif


    i'd like to interview u,

    im not really hiring, but i'm sure we can work out a barter of some kind....icon_cool.gif
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    Aug 04, 2012 9:33 PM GMT
    ADZ75 saidThey should have hired me when I interviewed there!icon_exclaim.gif

    I have to ask what the interview was like.

    Absolutely no desire to work with engineers who call themselves 'elite' again.
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    Aug 04, 2012 9:51 PM GMT
    RobertF64 saidI have to ask what the interview was like.

    Absolutely no desire to work with engineers who call themselves 'elite' again.


    I've never met the man, but i've never seen Elon call himself elite or give off a self involved vibe in any way at any of the press or media events he's hosted for his companies. He comes off as a nerdy type reluctantly doing what's necessary to promote his companies.

    I think he's just a really smart guy who goes about doing what he wants to do and doesn't really care what people say or think about him.

    It's the media who've annointed him with the whole "elite boy genius" title, because it sexes up the story. his past successes have alowed him to surround himself with people who are indeed the elite in their field.

    So when they deliver on their promise to privately build a space vehicle, and get it to the space station, I think you have to give them props. It also doesn't hurt his companies to have the media fawning over him so he's smart about marketing/business and free PR too.
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    Aug 04, 2012 9:56 PM GMT
    riddler78 saidSpaceX has been a leader in slashing the costs of space transportation...


    that's a thing?

    "hey Bill I'm looking for some cheap options for space travel..."
    "oh just go with SpaceX"
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    Aug 04, 2012 10:00 PM GMT
    Ariodante said
    riddler78 saidSpaceX has been a leader in slashing the costs of space transportation...


    that's a thing?

    "hey Bill I'm looking for some cheap options for space travel..."
    "oh just go with SpaceX"
    lulz
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    Aug 04, 2012 10:03 PM GMT
    Ariodante said
    riddler78 saidSpaceX has been a leader in slashing the costs of space transportation...


    that's a thing?



    i think by transportation he was talking about their satellite launching, and the recent cargo transport to the space station.

    and yeah they are able to do it leaner and meaner than any of their pvt competition or NASA ever could.

    now they have the contract to transport astronauts.