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SpaceX scores contract with the U.S. Air Force

SpaceX scores contract with the U.S. Air Force

Space Exploration Technologies, more commonly known as simply SpaceX, has scored a contract with one of its most sought-after customers, the United States Air Force. The USAF has granted two missions to SpaceX, which will allow it to demonstrate its vehicle capabilities as part of the EELV program. SpaceX will perform two missions, both of which are covered by the same contract.

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SpaceX founder Elon Musk wants to start a Mars colony

SpaceX founder Elon Musk wants to start a Mars colony

Elon Musk, the founder and CEO of the private spaceflight company SpaceX, is aiming his sights towards starting a Mars colony of up to 80,000 people. To do this, Musk wants to ferry people to Mars at an estimated cost of $500,000 per person. Of course, this isn't the first time that Musk has talked about taking humans to Mars, but his plans are becoming more and more detailed as time goes on.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: November 15, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: November 15, 2012

Welcome to Thursday evening folks. Today Microsoft's former Windows head Steven Sinofsky discussed his recent and surprising departure from the company, but didn't go into too many specifics when it came down to why he actually left. The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 started shipping ahead of schedule today, while new reports are suggesting that Apple may delay the new iMac into 2013. NASA was the victim of a major security breach recently, and today it said that it will make sure all of its laptops are equipped with full disk encryption by the end of the year as a result.

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SpaceX founder Elon Musk talks about future of space flight

SpaceX founder Elon Musk talks about future of space flight

Entrepreneur Elon Musk has been around the block a few times. He helped start PayPal, the popular online payment system, and is even a founder of Tesla Motors. Musk's most recent endeavor, however, is his space travel project, SpaceX, which recently completed its first successful supply mission to the International Space Station. Wired Magazine sat down with Musk and discussed original plans for SpaceX, the process of building and launching the rockets, and the possibility of a truly reusable spacecraft.

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SpaceX Dragon capsule leaves ISS, returning to Earth today

SpaceX Dragon capsule leaves ISS, returning to Earth today

Today is a pretty big day for the folks at SpaceX and NASA, as the Dragon capsule has detached from the International Space Station and will soon begin plummet toward the surface of Earth. Engineers on the ground remotely controlled the station's robotic arm as it removed the Dragon capsule from the ISS earlier today, pointing it in the right director for its return trip. To get back to Earth, Dragon will use a set a pre-programmed commands to perform a series a burns, with the final one happening in just about an hour (2:28 PM Eastern) to slow the capsule down and prepare it for re-entry.

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Orbcomm satellite falls out of orbit after problematic orbital insertion

Orbcomm satellite falls out of orbit after problematic orbital insertion

Earlier this month, SpaceX launched its Falcon 9 rocket into space with the main mission of delivering its Dragon cargo capsule to the ISS for NASA. During the mission, the Falcon 9 rocket also carried an experimental communications satellite constructed by a US company called Orbcomm. The Falcon 9 was supposed to drop that satellite off in an orbit with an altitude of 466 miles above the surface of the earth.

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SpaceX ISS mission HD photos released from space

SpaceX ISS mission HD photos released from space

If you've been following the SpaceX mission with the Dragon capsule attaching to the International Space Station for a second time - this time with cargo - you'll be glad to see a lovely collection of in-person photos. These photos show the SpaceX Dragon attaching to the space station with cargo in-tact and Earth making a lovely pose in the background with a giant smile for the camera. This resupply mission has thus far been a complete success and is expected to return to our planet with another payload from the station itself as well.

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SpaceX Dragon fully docked with ISS

SpaceX Dragon fully docked with ISS

Earlier this morning, the SpaceX Dragon capsule was making its way toward the International Space Station to deliver all sorts of goods. The capsule was successfully grabbed by the Space Station's 58-foot-long robotic arm about two hours ago to yank it out of its orbit and pull it towards the ISS. The capsule is now fully and completely docked with the International Space Station.

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