May 23rd, 2012
Econintersect: After an aborted attempt to launch on Saturday, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket was successfully launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida Tuesday morning (22 May 2012). The payload was half a ton of supplies for the International Space Station that had its last manned NASA visit by the space shuttle Atlantis ten months ago. After that flight Atlantis, the last space shuttle vehicle in operation was permanently retired.
SpaceX is a privately held company headed by Elon Musk. Musk is perhaps better known as the co-founder of Pay Pal predecessor X.com and the CEO of Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA), developer of electric automobiles. Pay Pal has been a wholly owned subsidiary of E-Bay (NASDAQ:EBAY) since 2002.
Follow up:SpaceX has flight status updates available here. The schedule for the mission is:
- Private supply ship rockets toward space station (Marcia Dunn, AP via R&D Magazine, 22 May 2012)
- Space Race Face Changes (GEI News, 17 June 2012)
- Private Space Port Opens (GEI News, 20 October 2011)