La cuarta es la vencida

29.09.2008 @ 09:40 \09\Mon, 29 Sep 2008 09:40:51 +0000\51 +0000 UTC

Después de 3 intentos fallidos, SpaceX hace historia.

Es el primer cohete con fondos privados en ser lanzado exitosamente al espacio.

After three failed launches, the company founded by Elon Musk worked all of the bugs out of their Falcon 1 launch vehicles.

The entire spectacle was broadcast live from Kwajalein Atoll in the South Pacific. Cameras mounted on the spacecraft showed our planet shrinking in the distance and the empty first stage engine falling back to Earth.

As the rocket ascended, cheers rang out during every crucial step of the launch sequence, and at the final stage their headquarters in Hawthorne, California erupted in excitement. (Wired.com viewed the launch over the Internet on SpaceX’s live webcast.)

The tensest moment came just before stage separation. At that critical juncture, the third launch attempt had failed. This time, it worked out perfectly.

Eight minutes after leaving the ground, Falcon 1 reached a speed of 5200 meters per second and passed above the International Space Station.

Elon Musk es uno de los 2 fundadores de PayPal y a diferencia de su co-fundador, él prefiere dedicarse a la industria aereoespacial en lugar de hacer aplicaciones para facebook y aplicaciones web para slideshows. Aunque hasta el momento ambas (aplicaciones para facebook y la industria aereoespacial privada) no están dando ganancias.

After making a fortune as the co-founder of PayPal, he recruited some of the best aerospace engineers in the world and challenged them to build a launch vehicle from scratch.

Falcon 1 is a two stage rocket powered by liquid oxygen enriched rocket-grade kerosene, using two engines designed by SpaceX itself.

The first stage is powered by a single Merlin 1C engine, based partly on the engine used in the Apollo lunar lander. The engine uses a so-called open cycle system, in which some of the propellant is used to power the engine pumps and then exhausted separately, while the rest of the propellant flows through the main combustion chamber.

The first stage carries a parachute and is designed to be recoverable, although this has not yet worked out in practice.

Ojalá sigamos teniendo noticias como ésta en el futuro.

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