Falcon 9 in orbit!June 5, 2010
SpaceX successfully launched Falcon 9 yesterday, and put the mockup of the Dragon spacecraft into orbit. The company has not disclosed much information about the flight yet, but it’s enough for me that a private company now has successfully launched a man-rated orbital launch vehicle – on the first try. I know other large companies have done so, many times, in the last 50 years. But they had bucketloads of government money, and the opportunity to fail many, many times. (Read the history of the Atlas missile if you want to see what I mean.)
Congratulations to Elon Musk and his company on a job well done!