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Big plans for SpaceX

Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Tue Nov 15, 2005 11:51 am
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by Jeff Foust; Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) and its founder and CEO, Elon Musk, have never been shy about sharing their bold plans for the future. While the company was developing its first, small booster, the Falcon 1, the company introduced the Falcon 5, a medium-class rocket, and, two months ago, the Falcon 9 rocket, designed to compete head-to-head with the EELV-class Atlas 5 and Delta 4. Bold plans, indeed, for a company that has yet to launch a single rocket.

And yet, Falcon 9 is not the end of the line for SpaceX’s rocket development program. Speaking at SpaceVision2005, the annual conference for Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) held November 11-13 at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign—just two weeks before the launch of the first Falcon 1—Musk shared with the audience his plans for even larger rockets and rocket engines, and his thoughts on the business in general.

Read more at The Space R eview.

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