SpaceX successfully launches its first satellite

RazakSAT

Kinda old news here, but still worth posting:

The Malaysian satellite RasakSAT was launched on July 14th on a SpaceX Falcon 1 rocket. This was the first successful satellite launch for the SpaceX company and also the deployment of the world’s first remote sensing satellite to operate in Near Equatorial Orbit (NEqO). The satellite will be used by Malaysia and other countries to monitor fires, illegal logging, and for mapping geographical information.

The Falcon 1 rocket is also contracted by NASA to haul cargo to the International Space Station. I think this is a good shot in the arm for the private space industry and I wish SpaceX and other companies like it, (e.g. Scaled Composites) more successes in the future. On a side note, the CEO for SpaceX is PayPal co-founder Elon Musk.

New Scientist: SpaceX launches first commercial satellite to orbit

Image credit: http://www.spaceref.co.jp/news/5Fri/images/20090418razaksat.jpg

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