Private company first put its own satellite into orbit.. / July 15, 2009 /
U.S. private space company SpaceX became the first non-state enterprises, which has its own take on low-Earth orbit satellite works. That was reported by Space.com.
Developed by launcher Falcon 1 the morning of July 14, removed in space Malaysian satellite Razaksat. Initially, the launch from the cosmodrome in the Marshall Islands was held on 21 April 2009, but was postponed because of fears that the rocket and the satellite might be incompatible for technical reasons. Experts believed that the existing scheme of a satellite inside a missile could lead to damage during launch. But nothing like this happened.
The new satellite is designed for observing the Earths surface. From orbit, the angle which is 9 degrees, the unit will be able to make a black and white images with a resolution of about 2.5 meters. Planned that the new machine will be used as a civilian, and military professionals in Malaysia.
The company SpaceX (Space Exploration Technology) is one of the worlds largest companies engaged in the development of their means of delivery of cargo to orbit. Thus, the Falcon 1 rocket, which was used to launch the Malaysian satellite, is the light of the range of carriers, currently under construction. The first successful test of this missile took place in August 2008. Prior to this, attempts to launch a rocket made thrice, but each time unsuccessfully.
In December 2008 the company won a 3.5-billion tender for the supply of goods of the ISS after the completion of the shuttle. According to current plans, the last flight of shuttle traders is scheduled for 2010. After that, to deliver astronauts to the space station will be used by the Russian «Unions», construction of which the American side has already paid. In doing so, NASA has refused to buy Russian «Progress» to supply the station. Deliver cargo to orbit for the U.S. private company SpaceX and OSC.
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