Commercialization: November 2005 Archives

SpaceX Launch Scrubbed

Editor's update: According to Elon Musk at SpaceX: on November 26, 2005 at 5:11 p.m. PST: "The launch is scrubbed for today.As I warned, the likelihood of an all new rocket launching from an all new launch pad on its first attempt is low.

What happened was that an auxiliary liquid oxygen (LOX) fill tank had a manual vent valve incorrectly set to vent.The time it took to correct the problem resulted in significant LOX boiloff and loss of helium, and it was the latter that caused the launch abort.LOX is used to chill the helium bottles, so we lose helium if there is no LOX to cool the bottles.

Although we were eventually able to refill the vehicle LOX tanks, the rate at which we could add helium was slower than the rate at which LOX was boiling away.There was no way to close the gap, so the launch had to be called off.In addition, we experienced an anomaly with the main engine computer that requires further investigation and was arguably reason in and of itself to postpone launch.

We are anticipating rescheduling the launch within a week at the earliest but probably longer as we need to bring in LOX and helium from Hawaii.Our LOX plant on Omelekwill not replenish in time."

Commercial Orbital Transportation Services Briefing

"You are notified that the following changes are made:The draft announcement briefing has been rescheduled for December 8, 2005, from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm."

Editor's note: NASA initially announced a 29 November meeting date on in a Federal Register posting on 28 October. Now, just a week before the event, after everyone has bought airline tickets and made travel arrangements - NASA suddenly changes the meeting date. The reason is (apparently) the fact that NASA now "anticipates releasing a draft of our announcement on or about December 2, 2005." In October NASA originally stated that it "anticipates releasing a draft of our announcement on or about November 22, 2005."

NASA and the Business of Space

"I believe that with the advent of the ISS, there will exist for the first time a strong, identifiable market for "routine" transportation service to and from LEO, and that this will be only the first step in what will be a huge opportunity for truly commercial space enterprise, inherent to the Vision for Space Exploration. I believe that the ISS provides a tremendous opportunity to promote commercial space ventures that will help us meet our exploration objectives and at the same time create new jobs and new industry."

Falcon 1 Launch Announcement

SpaceX Announces Launch Date for the Falcon 1: The World's Lowest Cost Rocket to Orbit

"On Friday, November 25 at 1 p.m. (PDT), the Falcon 1 countdown to launch is expected to reach T-Zero. At that point, the hold-down clamps will release and the Falcon 1 rocket will begin its journey to orbit, accelerating to 17,000 mph (twenty-five times the speed of sound) in less than ten minutes."

NASA Needs A Gas Station In Space, Channel 13

"NASA says it needs a gas station in space. That's the challenge NASA chief Mike Griffin issued to private companies during a visit to Brevard County. Griffin says half the weight of the next Moon missions is taken by fuel. He'd like to see private companies find a way to put a fuel depot in space, so the spacecraft could carry more cargo."

Call For Space Commercialization, AP

NASA wants private sector help for space, Reuters

NASA Establishes Commercial Crew/Cargo Office

"There are many in the private sector that are eager to develop commercially viable space transportation systems," said Scott Horowitz, associate administrator, NASA's Exploration Systems Mission Directorate. "In the future, the commercial sector will provide cost effective access to space for both crew and cargo. While NASA must develop its own capabilities for space exploration, the commercial sector will eventually provide these services when it becomes cost effective."

Space Adventures Announces Japanese Entrepreneur as Next Private Space Explorer

"First commercial spaceflight participant from Asia/Japan"

Editor's note: What about T Akiyami, who, according to Encyclopedia Astronautica, was a commerical spaceflight customer back in the 1990s? "The launch was funded jointly with the private Japanese company TBS. The Japanese television network ended up paying $28 million for the first commercial flight to Mir to put Akiyama, the first journalist in space aboard Soyuz TM-11."


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