Congratulations to the Falcon-9 project managers and project team!

Congratulations to the Falcon-9 project managers and project team! 06.12.2013 - The IAPM would like to congratulate SpaceX’s Falcon-9 project team on its spectacular success. SpaceX was founded in 2001 and is one of many companies owned by business tycoon Elon Musk. His empire also includes Tesla, an electric car manufacturing company that he founded. On Tuesday 3 December 2013 Musk’s US aerospace company successfully launched a TV satellite manufactured by Luxembourg-based SES into space. Some fifteen minutes after the launch at Cape Canaveral the rocket placed its payload into orbit. Despite a failed practice run three months ago, SpaceX is now a player in the lucrative satellite transportation market thanks to the success of this project.

Things got quite tense towards the end because the team had to scrub several countdowns in the three days before they finally achieved perfect lift-off. The elated project team were, however, aware that these kinds of problems are the norm when you’re putting a new rocket and launcher into space. The most important manoeuvre in space was the re-ignition of the rocket booster. Once this had gone off without a hitch, the Falcon-9 project team and Martin Halliwell, CTO at SES, went completely wild. “Yes!!!“ tweeted Elon Musk.

SpaceX has already taken a lot of orders ‘on board’, so as soon as it finishes one project it will be starting the next one! All the best in future launches from the IAPM to the SpaceX project managers.

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