Wednesday, August 06, 2008
While the microspace community was uttering a collective "Aw. _&%_(#!!!" at the failure of SpaceX's Falcon 1 booster, SpaceDev, DoD's partner in the Jumpstart Operationally Responsive Space (ORS) aspect of this mission, was quick to point out what went right. SpaceDev notes its Trailblazer satellite for the mission was delivered on relatively short notice and met all DoD criteria except of course for a functional demonstration on-orbit. SpaceDev announced it remained committed to the SpaceX (there's no corporate connection, despite the similar names) Falcon 1 launch vehicle program.