SpaceX Seeking Tweets From The Final Frontier


Space Exploration Technologies — or SpaceX as they are more commonly known — has gotten pretty good at launching rockets. Now they want the rest of the world to follow along – one Tweet at a time. The social media site Twitter allows users to post brief comments (under 140 characters). SpaceX views this as a means to keep the public informed about the company’s activities including the upcoming launch of the firm’s Falcon 9 rocket.

SpaceX can be found under the name of @SpaceXer. The NewSpace firm will post regular updates about the company’s activities on Twitter. SpaceX has been working to increase its public and media relations efforts lately. The push for more viewers on Twitter is part of these efforts.

“There are a lot of amazing things that are taking place at a daily basis at SpaceX,” said SpaceX’s Vice President of Communications Bobby Block. “We want to invite the public, everyone really, to follow these events on our Twitter account.”

SpaceX currently plans to launch the next of its Falcon 9 rockets this September. It will be another mission to prove out the Falcon 9’s readiness to begin cargo flights to the space station. For this mission, a flyby of the International Space Station is planned to test out communications equipment. The Dragon spacecraft will then reenter Earth’s atmosphere and splash down in the Pacific Ocean.

SpaceX is planning to launch a third of its Falcon 9 rockets this fall. This mission will send a Dragon Spacecraft on a flyby mission to the International Space Station to test rendezvous and communications equipment. Photo Credit: Alan Walters/

This will be the third time that SpaceX has launched a Falcon 9 from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) in Florida. This past December SpaceX became the first private company to launch a spacecraft to orbit and retrieve it safely from the Pacific Ocean. It is accomplishments such as this that SpaceX wants to broadcast to the world.

“SpaceX has successfully demonstrated not only the viability of the Falcon 9 as a launch vehicle – but also the capabilities of the Dragon Spacecraft,” Block said. “This is just the beginning, now we want the world to come ride along with us.”

SpaceX was selected for not only the Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) contract with NASA – which has a $1.6 billion value but for NASA’s Commercial Crew Development 2 (CCDev-02) contract as well. Add to that the many business deals that SpaceX has made to send payloads into orbit – and SpaceX has a lot to tweet about.

SpaceX and founder Elon Musk have made it public knowledge regarding their plans to one day launch astronauts to the International Space Station, build a far larger version of its Falcon 9 dubbed the “Falcon Heavy” and to reach out to the planet Mars. SpaceX thinks with plans such as these in the works, space fans and novices alike will be very interested in following along.

Of course, SpaceX is not the only space organization that has recognized the value of social media like Twitter. NASA has embraced Twitter, with almost all of the missions and spacecrafts having Twitter accounts, and fans are finding Twitter to be a great way to find out the latest details from space. Additionally, NASA regularly hosts “Tweetups” when large events are scheduled to take place, such as the upcoming final launch of the space shuttle program.

Are you plugged in? SpaceX is hoping that you soon will be - to their Twitter account - @SpaceXer Photo Credit: Alan Walters/

11 Replies to “SpaceX Seeking Tweets From The Final Frontier”

  1. Where did you obtain the information, stated in the article, that the next flight of Falcon 9 is in September? SpaceX hasn’t announced a date for their next launch nor has NASA announced a decision regarding allowing SpaceX to combine COTS 2/3.

  2. Wish was updated as frequently as their twitter site. Last update at time of posting was May 4th.

    With “new space” still in it’s infancy and strong competition being a key external driver in both innovation and keeping prices honest, then as some participants start to show signs of stress, pressure on the rest of field to perform can ease. One of SpaceX’s main rivals, Orbital Sciences Corporation (hereafter Orbital), seems to be experiencing set back after set back.

    – Aerojet’s AJ-26 main engine, being developed for Orbital’s Taurus II rocket, caught fire on the test stand June 9th, introducing delays for the test program and potentially Orbital ‘s execution of it’s contract to supply freight to the ISS under NASA’s COTS program,

    – About a month ago, a major Asian satellite services provider placed a new order, Thaicom 6, with Orbital for the satellite only, preferring to go with SpaceX for the launch vehicle rather than Orbital for both satellite and launch vehicle,

    – Within the last few weeks, NASA decided to suspend payments to Orbital on a $68 million launch contract for the second Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO-2) satellite for February 2013. After Orbital’s Taurus XL rocket drowned the first $200 million OCO-2 satellite in 2009 and similarly failed with the $424 million Glory satellite in March, Orbital may face paying for a Taurus XL test flight before NASA feels comfortable proceeding with further Taurus XL launches,

    – The big speed bump for Orbital may have been the elimination of their CCDev-2 bid earlier this year. Questions might arise about the new Taurus II already being at an evolutionary dead end.

    Orbital can bounce back and SpaceX should continue their stellar progress, it’s just that there’s nothing like genuine competitive forces to keep players focused.

  3. I’m disappointed that there hasn’t been a Falcon 9 launch since December 8, 2010. That’s 7 months ago now. I thought they were ramping up production to build a new Falcon 9 every six weeks. That means they should have 5 rockets available by now – assuming they were ever able to ramp up production. They’re so secretive, how would anyone know what they’ve done?

    1. Apart from …a few websites such as show scheduled launch activity.

      You’ll be delighted to know things are about to get busy. There seems to be four Falcon 9 flights booked for the last half of this year including the inaugural freight run to the ISS this December. Next year’s (or there abouts) Falcon Heavy demo flight is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

      Hope this helps.

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