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Successful launch from earlier this week  (Source: SpaceX)
SpaceX launches second successful rocket launch

Space Exploration Technologies recently launched a Malaysian Earth-observing satellite into orbit, marketing its second successful launch.

"Our ground systems were able to pick up communication from RazakSAT on its first pass," SpaceX said in a statement.  "The satellite is communicating as expected and our team will continue to monitor the data closely."

Stormy weather and a helium malfunction delayed the launch of the Falcon 1 rocket for a few hours -- and there was concern the launch would have to be scrubbed -- but it still took off without a hitch.  The RazakSAT satellite was expected to launch into space in April, but a vibration issue located between Falcon 1 and RazakSAT took quite some time to fix.

The RazakSAT will take high-resolution pictures of Malaysia, allowing the government to monitor forestry and fish migration, land management, and other government-led initiatives.

This marks the company's first commercial space launch, and the company is already looking for other companies and nations looking to launch satellites into space.  SpaceX previously had three launches unable to reach orbit, but continues to build momentum for future launches.

In the future, SpaceX aims to make it significantly cheaper to go into space at a lower cost, with the company actively making new rockets.  SpaceX will use its Falcon 1 and its larger Falcon 9 rocket to help launch rides into orbit in the future.

NASA awarded SpaceX a contract in 2008 to help resupply the International Space Station, which will be extremely important when the U.S. space agency retires the space shuttle fleet next year.

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RE: Budget
By bradmshannon on 7/16/2009 3:11:53 PM , Rating: 4
They need to hurry up and help this little company take off (pun intended) so we can save an assload of money!

RE: Budget
By TSS on 7/16/2009 6:23:43 PM , Rating: 2
this is what i ment in the other post about de-orbiting the ISS with "sell it to the private sector".

imagine what a company like this could do with a ready made space hotel and maybe some extra rocket technology to boot! then the government(s) can start focussing on mining helium-3 from the moon so we can get this "fusion" thing going and leave the enviroment alone, as well as being rid of energy worries.

besides the resources, such a undertaking would surely result in some new fancy technology. plus, it beats turning a $100 billion piece of technology into a giant fireball/ocean litter.

RE: Budget
By RjBass on 7/17/2009 12:02:55 AM , Rating: 2

NASA and other countries involved could add on a few extra "hotel room" modules, charge guest an arm & a leg to get there like the Russians do, and help offset the cost of the ISS.

RE: Budget
By StinkyWhizzleTeeth on 7/16/2009 8:38:11 PM , Rating: 4
By they, do you mean the federal gov?

The government only subsidizes things that are failing.

RE: Budget
By Samus on 7/17/2009 7:28:42 AM , Rating: 2
The government only subsidizes things that are failing.

LMFAO. Give this man a 6!

RE: Budget
By foolsgambit11 on 7/20/2009 5:22:47 AM , Rating: 2
Failing but deemed 'necessary'. Like roads and bridges, farms, power, oil and gas companies, schools, and defense.

RE: Budget
By phantom505 on 7/21/2009 8:40:15 PM , Rating: 2
Shhh.... if you didn't notice the country is still here. And it even functions!!!

Tired of libertarian nonsense. I have yet to meet a company that runs anything better or worse than the Gov.

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