Tuesday, March 20, 2007
The first rocket produced by SpaceX, Elon Musk's privately funded company intended to cut the cost of access to orbit in half, has had a partially successful launch. The Falcon booster lifted off from its Kwajalein Atoll pad and soared into the sky about 9 PM EDT. Unfortunately, a problem with the second stage meant the rocket fell short of achieving orbit, but Musk and his intrepid crew of believers felt they'd taken a major step forward nonetheless. "We successfully reached space and really retired almost all the risk associated with the rocket, so I feel very good about where things are," he said.