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Falcon 1 makes orbit

One of the highlights of the year is Mark Anderson's excellent FiRe conference in San Diego. It's there that we first met Elon Musk, the only man I know with a leased Pacific island, his own space programme, and minions employees in jumpsuits. No fluffy cat, but give him time...

Late last night UK time his Falcon I rocket made orbit for the first time.

It's even more impressive when you realise that was only the fourth launch, and the total investment to reach orbit was only $120 million.



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Sep. 29th, 2008 06:29 pm (UTC)
That is so cool. Weirdly, this is the first I've ever heard of the guy (and when I read "SpaceX", all I could come up with was a convention of that name which went bust in the early 1980s).
Sep. 30th, 2008 12:47 pm (UTC)
I do not think that this word means what they think it means!

1. in name only.
2. very small in comparison with real worth.

I wonder if they mean "optimal"?

Ah - just my pedantry. Otherwise this is really cool!
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