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SpaceX suspends production of its Falcon 1 rocket

SpaceX suspends production of its Falcon 1 rocket.

As much as I am a fan of Elon Musk and SpaceX, and though I realize that they have been focusing on getting Falcon 9 and Dragon off the ground — the payoff there is greater and a failure of Falcon 1 during this time could be very politically painful — this action contradicts SpaceX’s years of claims that they had a slew of signed contracts to launch Falcon 1.

I will be attending Elon Musk’s luncheon speech today at the National Press Club, and hope to ask him about this and other things.

Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

 
Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

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5 comments

  • Chris L.

    Could this just be a case where the newer rocket (Falcon 9) is competing with the older one and the older onw lost?

  • Joe2

    Robert,

    I appreciate the equal opportunity skepticism.

    Kind of makes you wonder about all those non NASA launches they say they have lined up for the Falcon 9 doesn’t it?

  • Kelly Starks

    I remember musk saying years ago that he was surprised that the high demand for Falcon-1 sized launches they expected didn’t materialize, and the market was more interested in the heavier Falcon-9. Course he also said he wasn’t building for the government market (and still says if COTS or CCDev have to start using FAR contracting rules SpaceX will drop out), and was focused on a huge commercial market – but his manifest shows half his paying flights are NASA or DOD.

  • @KELLY STARKS AND BEYOND your words ring truth.

  • the fact is, as far as NASA launch and human space flight is, these and other programs along with the proposed “liberty” program are all a hidden funneling of monies to propel the actual device they are building

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