Alan Boyle at Cosmic Log talked to Elon Musk about SpaceX’s search for a third U.S. launch site:
“We have our main launch facility, which is Cape Canaveral in Florida. Then we are in the process of developing our second launch facility, which is Vandenberg in California. And we do intend to develop a third launch facility. Texas is one of the possible states. But we’re also looking at a number of other locations: Puerto Rico, potentially another location in Florida, potentially Hawaii. And there are a few other locations that could work. So we’re trying to make the right decision for the long term.
“The third launch site would open early, in perhaps three or four years. So we want to make sure we make the right decision. But we do think we need three launch sites in order to handle all of the launch demand that we have been able to get. …
“It would be a purely commercial launch site, whereas Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg are actually Air Force bases — in the case of Cape Canaveral, it’s sort of a joint NASA-Air Force activity. So it makes sense to have NASA and Defense Department launches occur from Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg, but then probably shift most of our commercial launches to a purely commercial launch site that’s really aimed at being the best customer for a commercial launch provider. Just as there are Air Force bases and commercial airports … there’s some logic to separation.”
SpaceX Groundbreaking at Vandenberg Air Force Base Wednesday
In April 2011, SpaceX announced its plans to design, build and launch the Falcon Heavy – the world’s largest launch vehicle since the Saturn V moon rocket. The Falcon Heavy should arrive at Vandenberg by the end of 2012 and launch soon thereafter.
On Wednesday, July 13th, 2011, Hawthorne-based Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the company’s newest launch pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base.
Falcon Heavy will have the ability to carry payloads weighing over 53 metric tons to orbit, offering more than twice the performance of other commercial providers at one-third of the cost. SpaceX save the Department of Defense at least one billion dollars annually in space launch services with such a rocket, while providing an independent family of vehicles to provide assured access to space.
Elon Musk, SpaceX Founder, CEO & Chief Technology Officer Gavin Newsom, Lieutenant Governor of California Colonel Richard W. Boltz, Commander, 30th Space Wing and Western Range, Air Force Space Command, Vandenberg Air Force Base Mayor John Linn, Lompoc
Vandenberg Air Force Base (Space Launch Complex 4-East)
Today SpaceX announced it is opening a new office in Chantilly, VA to serve customers looking for reliable, affordable launch solutions.Â The community is home to some of the worldâ€™s leading Internet and high-tech companies.
SpaceX is a leader in launch services with a family of rockets and spacecraft that increase the reliability and performance of space transportation, with a goal of ultimately reducing costs by a factor of ten.
â€œWe are excited to open offices in Chantilly,â€ said Elon Musk, SpaceX CEO and CTO.Â â€œIt will provide us with valuable access to important customers and an exceptional talent pool as we continue to grow.â€
Talulah Riley: how to marry a billionaire London Evening Standard
Talulah Riley has made her new husband a promise. ‘I’ve told him I’ll retire with him to Mars,’ she says matter-of-factly. ‘If he has colonised it by then.’ She smiles, but she is coolly earnest. She was once a starlet from Hertfordshire, but she now moves in interplanetary circles. Her husband is the internet billionaire turned space entrepreneur Elon Musk, and her future home is an environmentally controlled pod on Mars. Elon will zoom around outside on rockets, while she makes their biosphere cosy. ‘I’d love to get involved with designing habitat systems on Mars â€“ like housekeeping on a grand scale,’ she says dreamily.
SpaceX opens office in Huntsville today to explore new business The Huntsville Times
Huntsville, SpaceX has landed. The high-profile commercial space company led by billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk is opening an office today in Cummings Research Park. “Huntsville is the Rocket City,” spokeswoman Kirstin Brost said Wednesday night. “We want to be a part of it.” The company, which is vying for contracts to carry astronauts to and from the International Space Station, isn’t trumpeting its arrival….SpaceX already does business with the Army’s Space and Missile Defense Command here.
The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies (www.potomacinstitute.org) is pleased to announce that Elon Musk, CEO and Product Architect of Tesla Motors and CEO/CTO of Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), will be a Potomac Institute for Policy Studies Navigator Award winner for 2010. Mr. Musk and fellow awardees will be presented with the award at a banquet at the Willard Hotel, Washington, DC, on October 21.
SpaceX Founder Elon Musk has sent out a letter thanking supporters for helping to delay action on the House NASA funding bill, which provides far less money for commercial space than the Senate version.
Thank You for Supporting the Future of Human Spaceflight
We recently asked for your help to protect the future of human spaceflight â€“ and the response was impressive. Your phone calls and the efforts of supportive members of Congress helped stop the NASA Authorization bill from being pushed through the House of Representatives before important improvements could be made.
Well, this has been Elon Musk Week. The SpaceX/Tesla/Solar City/Real-life Tony Stark/Mogul Guy has been busy perfecting his American accent, appearing on The Colbert Report, and rallying opposition against a House NASA funding bill that doesn’t gives rocket companies like his own enough money to build their commercial rockets.
That’s a lot, right? Yes, but it’s not enough. There’s much more…
Tesla Motors files for $178 million public offering Market Watch
Electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. filed documents Tuesday for an initial public offering of stock that could net nearly $180 million.
In addition, Tesla plans to sell $50 million of its stock to Toyota Motor Corp. immediately following the IPO. Tesla recently agreed to buy Toyota’s Fremont, Calif. manufacturing facility for $42 million, while receiving an investment from the Japanese auto maker as part of a broader partnership.
The coming debate over the future of the American space program will, in no small part, revolve around this question: Should the United States hire Elon Musk, at a cost of a few billion dollars, to run a taxi service for American astronauts?