SpaceX and NASA Sign Cooperative Agreement on Human Spaceflight Development

Jun 02, 2005, 01:00 ET from Space Exploration Technologies Corporation

    HOUSTON, June 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Space Exploration Technologies Corporation
 (SpaceX) today announced the signing of a Space Act Agreement with NASA
 regarding development of human spaceflight hardware.  SpaceX and Johnson Space
 Center (JSC) will identify joint opportunities in pursuit of cost effective
 human spaceflight systems.
      "This agreement provides a framework for working with NASA on future
 spaceflight needs in support of low Earth orbit space missions and other steps
 in the Vision for Space Exploration," said Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX.  "We look
 forward to working with NASA to create an exciting future in human
     Space Act Agreements are flexible partnerships that allow NASA to work
 cooperatively with industry to develop and transfer technology in support of
 national priorities and NASA's mission.  These agreements are collaborative
 R&D efforts that provide for an ongoing exchange of personnel, use of NASA
 facilities, expertise, equipment and technology.
     About SpaceX
     SpaceX is developing a family of launch vehicles intended to increase the
 reliability and reduce the cost of access to space by a factor of ten.  The
 maiden flight of the SpaceX Falcon I rocket, carrying a US Defense Department
 communications satellite, is scheduled to follow the launch of the last Titan
 IV from Vandenberg Air Force Base.   Assuming an on time departure of the
 classified Titan IV mission, SpaceX expects a launch window in late summer
 this year.  The second Falcon I launch will be from the Kwajalein Atoll, also
 in late summer.  More information about SpaceX can be found at

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