They finally did it. Falcon 1 launched and reached orbit successfully on September 28th, making it the “first privately developed liquid fuel rocket to orbit the Earth.” (All quotes are from Spacex.com) The booster significantly lowers launch costs, as mentioned in my previous post. Now, Spacex is looking to follow up to this good news by becoming an active commercial launch company; in effect, to make their business profitable. Nevertheless, the founder of SpaceX, Elon Musk, must still have a hangover from all the festivities that probably occured after the successful launch.
SpaceX is also developing the Falcon 9 and Falcon 9 Heavy, which would both be launched from Cape Canaveral, unlike Falcon 1, which was launched from the Kwajelein Atoll, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
And the video:
Let the Space Age begin!