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SpaceX’s Falcon 1 Delivers RazakSAT Satellite To Orbit; First Commercial Launch July 18, 2009

Posted by Nick Azer in private sector, SpaceX.
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Leading private space company SpaceX has successfully delivered a Malaysian satellite into orbit, it’s first ever commercial launch (and second successful Falcon 1 launch into orbit).

This came along fairly quietly, but will probably prove historic—SpaceX has a huge bulk of significant future private space launches (including many of the leading Google Lunar X PRIZE efforts) lined up, and so SpaceX’s commercial launches could be deeply engraved into moon colonization history as it unfolds (much like Union Pacific’s transcontinental railroad was a integral part of the development of the American West).

Check out the neat rocket-POV video of the launch below, as well as the numerous HD pictures of the launch SpaceX has up:

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