June 6th, 2010
Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Congratulations to SpaceX on a Successful First Launch of the Falcon 9 Rocket

The Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) would like to congratulate Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) on the successful first test launch of their Falcon 9 rocket, which is one of multiple vehicles in the space industry poised to be a game-changer in the commercial orbital transportation business. Though SEDS students work at or seek to work at businesses across the space industry, from NASA to Boeing to SpaceX, we support all major milestones for new flight systems that seek to make space cheaper and more open to human growth and exploration.

Flights like this first flight of an orbital test payload are able to provide amazing opportunities for students doing space research at their school or university as well as students graduating and looking for employment in the space industry. SEDS congratulates groups like the University of Texas Health Science Center that already have won a ride for their experiments aboard the SpaceX DragonLab spacecraft and encourages other students to generate similar research that can be successfully flown as orbital launch costs drop. It is great to hear that the public around the world is paying attention to space industry start-ups like SpaceX. “For those of us that watched the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch, it was apparent that people are interested to know what will come after shuttle and if new companies like SpaceX can succeed.” said SEDS Director of Expansion Rick Hanton. “This flight was a valid first step in proving that relatively small companies like SpaceX can compete with incumbents like Boeing and Lockheed Martin for some missions, which will be beneficial for NASA and the entire industry in the long run.”

SEDS would also like to thank SpaceX founder Elon Musk for his continuing support of our organization’s development and his work to hire not just the most experienced employees, but also to hire young motivated students for positions where they can make a difference in the future of spaceflight. Our students seek to make the future of spaceflight a reality in coming years and once again convince the world to look beyond our planet to the mysteries and possibilities of space travel and space development.

Media Contact:
Joshua V. Nelson
Chairman, SEDS-USA
Phone: (203) 610-3378

About SEDS:

The Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) is the world’s only independent, fully student-run, pro-space organization. Founded in 1980 by students frustrated with the stagnation of NASA after Apollo, SEDS has inspired tens of thousands of students to pursue careers in science, engineering, and technology. SEDS supports a network of over 25 student chapters across the United States, hosts the largest student run space conference in the world, provides students opportunities to develop their leadership skills and professional networks, and inspires others through their involvement in space-related projects. Alumni can be found throughout the space industry in both traditional and “New Space” companies. For more information visit:

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