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Вы проктолог? :wink:
А вам он вдруг потребовался? ;)
La mort toujours avec toi.
 
Хотите предложить свои услуги?
"Были когда-то и мы рысаками!!!"
 
Я просто так и вижу диалог не мальчиков, но мужей!
 
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Я просто так и вижу диалог не мальчиков, но мужей!
Мы стараемся быть максимально серьёзными, проблемы которые ставит "средство борьбы с ежами", это нешуточные проблемы.
La mort toujours avec toi.
 
NASA Taps ULA, SpaceX for Earth Science Launches
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WASHINGTON — NASA tapped United Launch Alliance (ULA) and Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) to launch a total of four Earth Science missions between 2014 and 2016, the agency said in a pair of press releases issued late July 16.

United Launch Alliance of Littleton, Colo., got a $412 million contract to launch three of the missions aboard Delta 2 rockets from Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. ULA will launch NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive spacecraft in October 2014, the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 in July 2014, and the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 in November 2016. NASA in March said that ULA was likely to get a contract for these missions.

Hawthorne, Calif.-based SpaceX, meanwhile, will get $82 million to launch Jason-3, which a French-U.S. satellite that will measure the height of global sea surfaces. The mission will ride to space aboard a Falcon 9 in December 2014 from Vandenberg’s Space Launch Complex 4, NASA said. The missions stands to be SpaceX’s first launch of a NASA science satellite. SpaceX also bid on the trio of Earth Science launches that went to ULA

ULA’s Delta 2 was once the go-to medium-lift vehicle for NASA and the Air Force. The Air Force, which footed the bill for most of the rocket’s support costs, stopped using Delta 2 in 2009. NASA subsequently said it could not absorb those costs and also decided to stop using Delta 2, which is no longer in production.

ULA has parts for five Delta 2 rockets left in its inventory. The rocket last flew in October, when it launched NASA's Suomi NPP weather and climate satellite from Vandenberg.

NASA Earth Science officials have said that they are willing to pay a premium price for launch reliability to avoid losing any more payloads. Back-to-back failures of Orbital Sciences Corp.’s Taurus XL rocket in 2009 and 2011 doomed two Earth science satellites at a cost of about $1 billion to the agency, NASA Earth Science Director Michael Freilich said July 10.
http://www.spacenews.com/launch/120716-nasa-taps-ula-spacex-for-earth-science-launches.html
Go MSL!
 
http://www.spacenews.com/satellite_telecom/120802-iridium-next-satellites-launch-dnepr-rocket.html
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Thu, 2 August, 2012
First Iridium Next Satellites To Launch on Dnepr Rocket[/size:9cbb8db695]
By Peter B. de Selding

   IBIZA, Spain — Mobile satellite services operator Iridium Communications on Aug. 2 said it has rearranged the launch profile for its 72-satellite Iridium Next constellation to give its primary launch services provider, Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX), more time to prepare for the initial mission.

   In an Aug. 2 conference call with investors and an Aug. 1 filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Iridium said the new scenario reduces the total Iridium Next launch cost by a net $15 million and should have no effect on the in-service date of the second-generation system.

   McLean, Va.-based Iridium in mid-2010 signed a $492 million contract with SpaceX of Hawthorne, Calif., to launch the operational Iridium Next satellites nine at a time aboard eight Falcon 9 rockets between early 2015 and 2017.

   The restructured contract, which SpaceX and Iridium concluded Aug. 1, calls for seven Falcon 9 rockets, each carrying 10 Iridium Next satellites, to be launched beginning in mid-2015 and ending about 24 months later.

   Iridium said it is saving $39 million by ordering seven rockets instead of eight. Iridium Chief Executive Matt Desch said during the conference call that the new calendar also gives SpaceX, whose Falcon 9 rocket is still in its infancy in terms of launch record, more time to digest its already large manifest of customers.

   Launching the first Iridium Next satellites several months later than planned “gives SpaceX a little more time to get through the two dozen or so launches that are on their manifest before Iridium Next,” Desch said.

   To offset the delayed first flight, Iridium has contracted with ISC Kosmotras of Moscow to launch two Iridium Next satellites aboard a Dnepr converted ballistic missile in early 2015.

   Desch said having two spacecraft, which feature a new design, in orbit for several months will give Iridium time to perform a thorough in-orbit test regime and make any changes needed for the remaining 70 satellites.

   Iridium Chief Financial Officer Thomas J. Fitzpatrick said during the conference call that Iridium is saving a net $15 million with the new launch program, giving an implied price of $24 million for the Dnepr launch.[/size:9cbb8db695]
"Были когда-то и мы рысаками!!!"
 
100% офисная ракета и грохочет как офисная ракета.
 
http://www.spacenews.com/satellite_telecom/120810-orbcomm-competition-ais.html
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Fri, 10 August, 2012
Orbcomm Welcomes Competition in AIS Market[/size:5f453e87ec]

The launch of the second-generation constellation, which in addition to AIS will provide Orbcomm customers with higher data throughput, has been delayed for multiple reasons during the last two years and is now dependent on the launch schedule of Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) of Hawthorne, Calif. SpaceX is launching the satellites under a $46.6 million contract.

   Sierra Nevada on Aug. 9 said a prototype second-generation Orbcomm satellite has successfully completed testing and is ready for launch on the next SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that will also be carrying SpaceX’s Dragon cargo canister to the international space station under a NASA contract.

   Eisenberg said that launch is scheduled for October. The 17 other satellites will be carried into low Earth orbit aboard two or three Falcon 9 vehicles expected to launch in 2013 and 2014, he said.
...

   “We’re going to be adding eight or nine satellites next year, and that’s when [the AIS business] becomes significant,” Eisenberg said.[/size:5f453e87ec]
"Были когда-то и мы рысаками!!!"
 
http://www.aviationweek.com/Article.aspx?id=/article-xml/asd_08_17_2012_p03-02-486227.xml
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USAF Eyes SpaceX For Future GPS Launches[/size:24196da619]
By Samantha Lambert
Source: Aerospace Daily & Defense Report



August 17, 2012

The U.S. Air Force is considering Space Exploration Technologies’ (SpaceX) Falcon rocket for future Global Positioning System (GPS) launches, according to Maj. Gen. Martin Whelan, director of requirements for Air Force Space Command.

During a presentation to the Space-based Positioning Navigation & Timing (PNT) national advisory board meeting in Arlington, Va., Aug. 14, Whelan also was asked by board members whether the service would consider triple launches of GPS satellites.

“Our friendly competitors are all doing triple launch,” said PNT board vice chair Bradford Parkinson. “Granted, our satellites are more complex, [but] nevertheless the economics are persuasive. Pressure on launch pads are persuasive. It would just cost a heck of a lot less.”

Board chairman James Schlesinger noted that the Chinese now have three satellites that are simultaneously launched on a single launch vehicle.

Whelan replied that dual launch is being explored for the fifth and sixth satellites in the next-generation GPS III constellation.

“We are trying to give ourselves options, whether it is single launch, dual launch ... or multiple launch,” Whelan said. The service also hopes that SpaceX will be able to provide multiple-launch capability in the future.

Whelan reminded the board that the Air Force is facing budget cuts over the next several years, which could be compounded by additional reductions under so-called budget sequestration.

Whelan added that some Capitol Hill lawmakers are pressuring the service to maintain competitive opportunities within the launch industry, which can make the multiple-launch strategy less attractive.

“We are not in the business of putting people out of business, that is certainly not our intent,” Whelan said.[/size:24196da619]
"Были когда-то и мы рысаками!!!"
 
http://www.spacenews.com/commentaries/120831-fromwires-musk-holding-co.html
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Fri, 31 August, 2012 | Submitted by: Bloomberg | in commentaries

Musk Considers Holding Company for SpaceX, Tesla Stock [Bloomberg][/size:088ac88baf]

   Elon Musk, founder of Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX), said Aug. 30 he is “starting to consider whether it would make sense to create a parent corporation that would own the stock” of SpaceX and Tesla Motors Inc., the electric car company he co-founded, Bloomberg reports.

   “Not sure if that is feasible or sensible, but am thinking about it,” Musk said in a Web chat on jalopnik.com.

   “Gets unwieldy to have lots of companies with me as the only connection,” he said in an email. But "no actual plans" for such a holding company are under way, he said.

   Musk has said an initial public offering of Hawthorne, Calif.-based SpaceX may happen next year.[/size:088ac88baf]
"Были когда-то и мы рысаками!!!"
 
[quote:c2a95d093f]Launch site for SpaceX draws mixed reviews[/size:c2a95d093f]
September 02, 2012 1:57 AM

By LAURA B. MARTINEZ/The Brownsville Herald

Bill Wilting’s face lights up when he thinks about the possibility of watching rocket launches from virtually his front door.

He talks about all the opportunities the area would have if Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, decides to build a launch site near Boca Chica Beach, just a few miles from where he lives.

“I’m excited about it. Rocket ships — are you kidding me? I’m crazy about it. I think it’s the greatest thing,” he says.

Wilting is one of several residents of Boca Chica Village, once known as Kopernick Shores and home to a founding Polish community, who could have a front-row seat to possibly 12 rocket launches a year if SpaceX builds a launch facility here.

The Cameron County site reportedly is one of three finalists; the others are in Florida and Puerto Rico.

GROUND ZERO

Earlier this summer, representatives from SpaceX were at Wilting’s property, running tests on the groundwater, among other things, but they remained mum about why they were doing it, he said.

Wilting even has been asked how much he wants for his 4

Уилбер Райт: "Признаюсь, в 1901-м я сказал своему брату Орвиллу, что человек не будет летать лет пятьдесят. А два года спустя мы сами взлетели".

 
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Deep Impact: SpaceX has economic promise, environmental concerns[/size:16a2c181bf]
September 02, 2012 1:28 AM

By JACQUELINE ARMENDARIZ/ The Brownsville Herald

EDITOR’S NOTE: In this eight-day series beginning today and ending Sunday, Sept. 9, Valley Morning Star and The Brownsville Herald examine how a rocket launch site proposed by Space Explorations Technologies Corp. could carry Brownsville, Harlingen, South Padre Island and Cameron County as a whole, into a new frontier. Our focus is on the potential impact to the local economy, education and the environment.

For an area like Cameron County, supported by unique ecological assets yet historically plagued by economic and cultural obstacles, the possibility of space exploration as an industry poses a bittersweet dilemma: disrupt paradise, or feed the populace?

Space Exploration Technologies Corp., or SpaceX — a Hawthorne, Calif.-based space transport company that earlier this year became the first commercial enterprise to complete a supply mission to the International Space Station — has announced its interest in building a rocket launch site on Boca Chica Beach. Remote yet not inaccessible, the beach is home to the piping plover, the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle and other unique fauna and flora that have drawn the attention of ecologists committed to maintenance and protection. This, for many, is paradise.

The isolated beach area has little commercial or residential development, but surrounding cities like South Padre Island, Brownsville and Harlingen all have taken a keen interest in every move SpaceX makes.

In the lower Cameron County area, 30 percent of families last year had an income below poverty level. If the company does build at Boca Chica, it would create hundreds of jobs with an annual salary of no less than $55,000. That is well above the county’s average household income of $15,000 to $24,999, according to five-year estimates from the Census Bureau. And those jobs, along with actual construction of the site and the proposed $80 million capital investment, would bring widespread spinoff prosperity for the county.

So, the dilemma now for many is how to reconcile the need for economic opportunity with the need to protect our natural resources. About the reconciled destination, there is no doubt. It is the journey that presents the challenges.

In an attempt to explore both the economic and environmental concerns spurred by such development, the staffs of The Brownsville Herald and the Valley Morning Star have undertaken a cooperative project to examine the benefits and drawbacks in many of the individual communities that could feel an impact from SpaceX development. What resulted is this series, “Frontiers,” an eight-day look at what could happen. In large part, there is much speculation, with both sides weighing in with what they want and need to happen.

Many questions remain unanswered, pending the federal government’s release of its Environmental Impact Statement, or EIS. Many of the participants in SpaceX negotiations, including SpaceX representatives and local negotiators and officials, are restricted from commenting publicly until the statement is released.

Maneuvering the rollout of such a critical project may require a precision similar to the scientific calculations the company uses to launch its rockets. The area is largely Hispanic and historically underserved, making any economic boost crucial. School of Business Dean Mark Kroll, of the University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College, cited a number of factors that could be significant for the area.

“I think it would also have a material impact upon the position of the community, vis-a-vis the rest of the country. It would give a cachet that it hasn’t had before,” he said. “Anytime you’re shooting rockets into outer space, that’s getting recognized. It’s just one of those things that’s hard to miss.”

Kroll said it is possible a launch site would mean an influx of new people moving to the area.

“We don’t have that many aerospace engineers running around Brownsville,” he said, noting that a concentration of well-paid residents would be an “economic multiplier.”

He likened SpaceX to a smaller version of the Keppel AmFELS shipyard, which counts Brownsville as one of its sites and is a business with significant impact here.

“There’s no question when they started opening casinos in Vegas it changed Vegas forever,” he said. “When Boeing first started building military aircraft in Washington state, that changed that area forever.”

What really remains to be seen, Kroll said, is the future of the commercial space business.

“I think we have to keep it in perspective,” he said. “This may or may not be a growth industry.”

Local officials are banking on the new industry raising the area’s profile internationally.
Currently, the largest industries here are educational services, health care and social assistance, followed by retail, then arts, entertainment and recreation, presumably heavily linked to South Padre Island.

SpaceX is watching, local officials say. The company already has met with Brownsville school district and university officials to connect with science, technology, engineering and math educators here.

The company’s CEO and chief designer is Elon Musk, the colorful entrepreneur who co-founded the Internet payment system called PayPal, created Tesla Motors (which builds electric cars) and Solar City (which builds solar panels), and who in 2002 made no secret of his intention to revolutionize space travel with his new company, Space Exploration Technologies. His ultimate goal: make life on other planets possible for humans.

“Our growing launch manifest has led us to look for additional sites,” Musk said last November in a statement announcing the location search. “We’re considering several states and territories. I envision this site functioning like a commercial Cape Canaveral.”

At this point, Brownsville is in competition with Florida and Puerto Rico for the new vertical launch area and control center. The site being considered here is near Boca Chica Beach, just a few miles from the major tourism hub of South Padre Island and a neighboring federal wildlife reserve.

Nearby is Boca Chica Village, a small residential neighborhood that acts as an example of the infrastructure the proposed launch site currently lacks. Residents have their water trucked in, and the access road is narrow. Many of the homes are seasonal, or completely shuttered. Some of the residents are thrilled about the prospect of watching a rocket launch from the backyard; others say, there goes the neighborhood.

SpaceX already has launch facilities at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida and Vandenberg Air Force Base in California as well as a rocket development facility in McGregor, Texas.

This summer, NASA said it is not involved in SpaceX’s launch facility initiative and would not officially comment on the matter. However, a Houston-based spokesman from Mission Control at the Johnson Space Center explained there are several programs in which SpaceX is involved. NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program allows for payments to SpaceX for the building of spacecraft, which is different from the contracts awarded to them for supply missions to the International Space Station.

And in August, SpaceX also was granted a $440 million contract from NASA under the Commercial Crew Development program to further develop its hardware. The end goal of the program is to create shuttles that would carry astronauts to and from the space station using U.S. companies, instead of hardware from foreign countries.

The COTS program, which began in 2006, allows NASA to invest financial and technical resources in the private sector to help develop space transportation. SpaceX and another company will be paid incrementally as they reach certain milestones.

In May, SpaceX became the first commercial company in history to send a spacecraft to the International Space Station. And with more than $3 billion of revenue set through 2017, Musk’s vision seems increasingly closer on the horizon. What remains to be seen is whether that horizon will be viewed by space tourists at Boca Chica Beach, or whether the panorama will remain the purview of the piping plover and its friends.
http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/articles/environmental-144411-impact-concerns.html

Уилбер Райт: "Признаюсь, в 1901-м я сказал своему брату Орвиллу, что человек не будет летать лет пятьдесят. А два года спустя мы сами взлетели".

 
2 Valerij:
можно ли для тугих на ухо в английском хотя бы значимые места в этих портянках цветом выделять?
На форуме прошу обращаться ко мне на "ты". Спасибо.
 
Там значимое место только одно - Маск хочет построить третий старт, на берегу Мексиканского залива рядом с границей с Мексикой. Все остальное - пустое бла-бла на тему как к этому относятся местные жители захолустья.
Иногда мне кажется что мы черти, которые штурмуют небеса (с) фон Браун
 
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2 Valerij:
можно ли для тугих на ухо в английском хотя бы значимые места в этих портянках цветом выделять?
Там самое интересное точное место, где предлагается построить старт, и нынешний уровень экономического развития. В деревеньке Boca Chica, например, сейчас нет водопровода. Место, в общем, весьма депрессивное, где уровень доходов большинства семей ниже черты бедности, в пределах от 15 000 до 29 999 долларов в год. Так что и здесь, хотя никто не собирается вкладываться в строительство города, космодром рассматривается как фактор экономического подъема, который создаст сотни рабочих мест с зарплатой о 55 000 долларов в год. Тем не менее, есть и недовольные, которые думают, что уедут, если космодром будет построен здесь. Кстати, есть и расчеты на развитие образования в округе.

Космодром первоначально рассчитан на проведение до 12 запусков в год, и будет располагаться в трех милях от мексиканской границы, недалеко от побережья Мексиканского залива, в пяти милях южнее Port Isabel и South Padre Island. Подъезд по шоссе номер 4.

На самом деле ничего принципиально нового я там не нашел, но главное в том, что жизнь идет и проект дышит.

З.Ы.
Пока писал, Bell ответил короче.

Уилбер Райт: "Признаюсь, в 1901-м я сказал своему брату Орвиллу, что человек не будет летать лет пятьдесят. А два года спустя мы сами взлетели".

 
Спасибо, парни!  :)
На форуме прошу обращаться ко мне на "ты". Спасибо.
 
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Elon Musk Says He May Form Holding Company for Tesla, SpaceX[/size:182b1ca97e]
By Alan Ohnsman - Aug 31, 2012 12:12 AM GMT+0400

Musk, 41, who is Palo Alto, California-based Tesla’s chief executive officer and biggest investor, has said an initial public offering of his aerospace company, known as SpaceX, may happen next year.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-08-30/elon-musk-says-he-may-form-holding-company-for-tesla-spacex-1-.html

Здесь тоже, в принципе, ничего нового, Маск только подтверждает свои старые планы произвести IPO в 2013 году. Интересно это именно потому, что сейчас в Штатах явный экономический спад, и Маску сейчас вроде IPO не с руки. В 2013 другая его фирма, "Тесла Моторс" которая провела IPO в 2010 году, должна стать прибыльной с недавно выпущенным седаном "Модель S". Поэтому интересен комментарий на параллельном форуме:

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BobCarver,  Full Member, Online,  Posts: 36
Re: What's the optimal timing for a SpaceX IPO? [/size:182b1ca97e]
« Reply #175 on: Today at 01:51 AM »

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If he's smart, he'll be looking for the public IPO to:

1. Make some of his best engineers wealthy. This might sound like something undesirable, but engineers who love to do rockets will have no monetary worries and will be able to do what they do best. They won't retire, that's boring. They want to do space. And, they'll have the perfect place to do it.

2. Incentivize the best and brightest young talent to join his winning team.

3. Fund the Mars and other advanced projects where extra investment can speed the process.
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=21951.msg949546#msg949546

Перевод ПРОМТом без редактирования:

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Если он будет умен, то он будет искать общественный IPO:

1. Сделайте некоторых из его лучших инженеров богатыми. Это могло бы походить кое на что нежелательное, но инженеров, которые любят делать, ракеты не будут иметь никаких денежно-кредитных забот и будут в состоянии сделать то, что они прилагают все усилия. Они не будут удаляться, это является скучным. Они хотят сделать место. И, у них будет прекрасное место, чтобы сделать это.

2. Incentivize лучший и самый яркий молодой талант присоединиться к его побеждающей команде.

3. Финансируйте Марс и другие продвинутые проекты, где дополнительные инвестиции могут ускорить процесс.
Мне к этому добавить нечего.
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Уилбер Райт: "Признаюсь, в 1901-м я сказал своему брату Орвиллу, что человек не будет летать лет пятьдесят. А два года спустя мы сами взлетели".

 
инвестиции и прочие плюсы строительства СК на "Береге Коперника"

contra
http://savebocachicabeach.blogspot.com/
 
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SpaceX could be ‘game changer’ for students[/size:b622ce0ec4]
September 04, 2012 10:15 PM
By GARY LONG/The Brownsville Herald

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University of Texas at Brownsville student Louis Dartez makes a slight adjustment to an antenna at the Low-Frequency All-Sky Monitor radio observatory in Port Mansfield. At the University, Dartez and other students do the same type of radio astronomy to map distant stars that SpaceX engineers use to guide the company's rockets.
PHOTOS BY YVETTE VELA/The Brownsville Herald

Listen to Dr. Frederick Jenet talk about the physics and radio astronomy program at UTB-TSC and it’s suddenly no surprise that a world-class company like SpaceX would be interested in Brownsville.

“We have students getting up at 3 a.m. to control the world’s largest radio telescope in Puerto Rico. They understand the pressure of a deadline in a real-world environment,” Jenet said via Skype from a conference he was attending in Sydney, Australia.

“What they’re doing is actual scientific research. What they’re doing is advancing our knowledge of the universe, and they know how to work together as a team.”

Space Exploration Technologies Corp., or SpaceX, is the Hawthorne, Calif.-based space transport com-pany that earlier this year became the first commercial enterprise to complete a resupply mission to the International Space Station. The company has $1.6 billion in supply contracts with NASA and launch agreements with operators of communication satellites worldwide.

The company has launch facilities in California and Florida and designs and builds all of its own hard-ware in McGregor, Texas, near Waco. Brownsville is one of three sites under consideration for a third launch facility, with the other two in Puerto Rico and Florida.

“I’m excited about the possibility for a future SpaceX launch site here,” said Jenet, who earned his Ph.D. in physics from California Institute of Technology and now is an associate professor of physics and head of the Center for Advanced Radio Astronomy in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College.

The idea of rockets being launched on missions into space over the Gulf of Mexico from a site near Boca Chica Beach is not far-fetched.

“It has the potential to be a game changer for Brownsville, but it has always been in the game plan — which is to develop a very good group of students doing hands-on research under a world-class faculty. … This idea of developing student scientists, and that they would attract industry down here, has always been part of the plan.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity,” Jenet said. “I very much hope Brownsville will be their choice.”


SPACE-FARING CIVILIZATION


If Brownsville does become home to a rocket launch facility, the area will have an opportunity to be part of the push to conquer mankind’s next frontier — space — and inhabit planets beyond our own.

That is precisely the purpose for which entrepreneur Elon Musk founded SpaceX in 2002. A natural-ized U.S. citizen reportedly worth nearly $2 billion, Musk told a “60 Minutes” interviewer after the suc-cessful SpaceX mission to the ISS in May that humanity finds itself at the dawn of a new era, one in which it becomes a space-faring civilization.

Musk, 40, immigrated to the United States from South Africa, eventually cofounding the Internet pay-ment system PayPal. When eBay bought PayPal for $1.5 billion, Musk started looking for ways to invest his new fortune to achieve his top goal of making space exploration affordable. The result was SpaceX.

Shortly before the company grabbed headlines for docking a satellite with the ISS, it became public knowledge that SpaceX wanted to build a third launch facility and that Brownsville was one of the areas under consideration. Not long after, Musk said publicly that Brownsville was his top choice for the pro-posed facility, which would sit on 50 acres of flats just off Boca Chica Beach.

Should Brownsville prevail in its quest to land the launch facility, the educational community here would gain a committed partner in making education in the so-called STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and math — more attractive to students. That has been the school district’s experience in McGregor.

Here, SpaceX already has begun reaching out to the Brownsville Independent School District, as well as to faculty, staff and students at UTB-TSC.

At a May 15 public hearing on SpaceX, five of Jenet’s top students, members of the first class of Are-cibo Remote Command Center Scholars, spoke in favor of the project. Then they took the SpaceX offi-cials from the meeting, down the hall to their lab at UTB-TSC’s International Technology, Education and Commerce Center on Mexico Boulevard.

Louis Dartez, one of the students, said it quickly became apparent to SpaceX officials that the ARCC Scholars were doing precisely the type of radio astronomy to map distant stars that SpaceX engineers use to guide the company’s rockets.

The similarity of focus was evident, right down to the fact that the students’ Center for Advanced Ra-dio Astronomy Multi-purpose Astronomy lab was working with the same computer chips that SpaceX uses on its rockets.

“They’ve taken very proactive steps,” Jenet said of SpaceX. “They’ve approached me as director of the CARAMA lab to put forth ideas of how we could collaborate. My understanding is that they are very keen to work together with the university. I think it’s safe to say that our students made a good impression on them.”

The company has said that about half of the 600 jobs it would bring to Brownsville would pay in the $50,000 range. Dartez was understandably thrilled to find out he might qualify for one of them. He said having a company like SpaceX right in his backyard would make finding employment after graduation much more realistic.

Otherwise, he would be looking out of town for prospects, joining the “brain drain” of Brownsville stu-dents who get their education here but then can’t find work in their field and end up leaving the area.

Dartez graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in physics.

“They asked for our r

Уилбер Райт: "Признаюсь, в 1901-м я сказал своему брату Орвиллу, что человек не будет летать лет пятьдесят. А два года спустя мы сами взлетели".

 
Насколько я помню, правилами форума предполагались даже некоторые наказательные процедуры за постинг многометровых иноязычных "кирпичей" без какого-либо перевода и пояснения.
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