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Originally posted by tooo many pills
It is a little sad that no one really cares enough to post.
Hopefully, it is like this when I graduate and I begin looking for a job that will blast me off this world.
Go SpaceX! Publicly incorporate yourselves already!
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
How do you spell 1.6 Beee-ll-yee-an Dollarssss?
S-P-A-C-E-X, that's how. Holy crap, Spacex just got awarded a monster contract from NASA.
$1.6 Billion to for cargo resupply services to the International Space Station. That's right, that's 'illion' with a B at the beginning.
And if things go well, NASA has the right to order another $1.5 Billion worth of services afterwards. Damn, that is serious sweetness.
For those that haven't been keeping up, SpaceX was previously awarded a smaller contract of about $300 million in 2006. Back then it was huge (actually it's still huge), but now it looks like small potatoes. The launch vehicle is Falcon 9 and the spacecraft that will dock with the ISS is called Dragon. The first Falcon 9 has already arrived in Cape Canaveral in preparation for its launch in 2009.
SpaceX updated facilities on Omelek Island to launch its commercial Falcon 1 rockets. The first successful Falcon 1 space launch from Omelek was conducted in 2008. It can launch polar and geosynchronous Falcon 9s from Omelek.