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SpaceX Wins Use of NASA's Launch Pad 39A 99

Posted by timothy
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SpaceX and NASA have reached an agreement (though negotiations on the details are ongoing) for the private space company to lease NASA's launch pad 39A. SpaceX rival Blue Origin had also sought the launch pad for its own use. From the article: "During the selection process, Blue Origin had filed a petition to the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The spaceflight company was claiming that NASA was favoring single-use of the launch pad which was designed as a multi-user facility. ... The GAO decided on Thursday that the petition has no basis, which prompted NASA to proceed with its decision process. The next day, the space agency informed both companies that it is granting the exclusive lease to SpaceX."
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SpaceX Wins Use of NASA's Launch Pad 39A

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  • by Taco Cowboy (5327) on Saturday December 14, 2013 @11:39PM (#45692739) Journal

    China has just landed their space craft on the moon. Just hours ago.

    When will Space-X do that ?

    I mean, let's start up some REAL COMPETITION !

  • Re:Watch out (Score:4, Interesting)

    by TWX (665546) on Sunday December 15, 2013 @01:06AM (#45693009)

    SpaceX has gloriously managed to go where we've gone before. Using a half century old government facility!

    SpaceX has also managed to gain exclusive rights to use the pad with the greatest history of manned spaceflight in the United States.

    Yes, it's a dick-waving contest. But, given that the bulk of the history of human spaceflight has been a dick-waving contest, it's about as prestigious as they can get. It's also a sign of confidence in SpaceX, as they probably wouldn't give them sole rights to the pad if they didn't think they'd measure up.

    It also makes one consider if they didn't feel confident about Bezos' endeavors, to lock his company out of use of that pad entirely.

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