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Archive for October, 2012

Recovered SpaceX Capsule Arrives at California Port

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WASHINGTON — About two days after splashing down in the Pacific Ocean, a commercially operated space capsule laden with 760 kilograms of return cargo from the international space station arrived at port in San Pedro, Calif., in the early morning hours of Oct. 30.

 

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) recovered its Dragon space capsule Oct. 28, the same day the craft departed the space station. Dragon splashed down about 400 kilometers off the coast of Baja California, Mexico, with a cache of cargo including items belonging to NASA and its international space station partners.

 

 

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NASA Unconcerned About Possible SpaceX Cargo Delivery Slip

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NASA says operations aboard the International Space Station should not be affected if the SpaceX CRS-2 cargo delivery mission currently slated for January slips as a result of the ongoing investigation into the first-stage engine loss that occurred on the Oct. 7 CRS-1 mission.

 

The supply cache delivered to the station in early to mid-2011 by the now-retired space shuttle placed the six-person orbiting science lab on a firm footing well into 2013, according to Mike Suffredini, NASA’s space station program manager.

 

 

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Recovered SpaceX Capsule Arrives at California Port | SpaceNews.com

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WASHINGTON — About two days after splashing down in the Pacific Ocean, a commercially operated space capsule laden with 760 kilograms of return cargo from the international space station arrived at port in San Pedro, Calif., in the early morning hours of Oct. 30.

 

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) recovered its Dragon space capsule Oct. 28, the same day the craft departed the space station. Dragon splashed down about 400 kilometers off the coast of Baja California, Mexico, with a cache of cargo including items belonging to NASA and its international space station partners.

 

 

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SpaceX Fishes Wet Dragon from the Ocean: Big Pic | Discovery News

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Oct. 30, 2012 — In contrast to the huge swells and savage winds ‘Super Storm’ Sandy is inflicting on the East Coast, this scene was photographed off the sunny coast of Baja California shortly after Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) fished its recently-returned Dragon capsule from the water. Two days after returning to Earth, the Dragon arrived at port in San Pedro, Calif., in the early morning hours of Tuesday.

 

 

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Europe Hears SpaceX’s Footsteps as it Debates Ariane 5′s Future | Parabolic Arc

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Space officials in Europe are deeply divided over the future of the Ariane 5 rocket as they face competition from other national programs and companies such as SpaceX. Speaking at a recent roundtable, Arianespace Chief Executive Jean-Yves Le Gall identified the two main threats to Europe’s launch vehicle business:

 

The first, he said, is the nonmarket economies of Russia, China and India, all of which either have or are developing rockets to compete with Arianespace’s fleet of vehicles.

 

The second threat, he said, comes from “a couple of guys in a garage in Silicon Valley who start with a blank sheet of paper and come up with a brilliant idea.”

 

 

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Volusia County officials should support spaceport

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Volusia County leaders need to get behind a plan by Space Florida to free up 150 acres near Oak Hill for a commercial spaceport.

 

The proposal — still in the early stages — would put a launch site in Volusia County. It would be located on the northern end of Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, south of Oak Hill between U.S. 1 and Kennedy Parkway.

 

The plan could boost Volusia County’s space tourism business. It would provide valuable aerospace employment in a region known for it — and one hurt by the retirement of NASA’s space shuttle program.

 

 

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SpaceX makes deal to keep headquarters in Hawthorne through 2022 | The Daily Breeze

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Hawthorne will be able to hold onto its most prominent business for at least the next decade under a new deal with Space Exploration Technologies Corp.

 

SpaceX agreed to stay in its 1-million-square-foot headquarters building through 2022 as long as the city reduces certain taxes on the business as promised.

 

The deal includes a $260,000 cap on annual business license fees, which are calculated based on gross receipts – meaning that the more revenue SpaceX makes, the more fees it would have to pay. This agreement will allow SpaceX to maintain a flat tax rate as it gets larger.

 

 

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