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    SpaceX April 14th, 2015 Launch
    James Nagy
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    SpaceX April 14th, 2015 Launch

    Yesterday, April 14th, 2015, SpaceX had another historic launch of a two-stage Falcon 9 rocket with an uncrewed cargo spacecraft called Dragon.  This rocket was sent on a flight from Cape Canaveral, Florida, to the International Space Station.  SpaceX, Elon Musk, and the rest of us watched on as they attempted to land the rocket stage on a floating barge.

    Unfortunately, the landing wasn't successful.  In a tweet sent out by SpaceX Founder Elon Musk:

    I cannot even explain to you how tantalizingly close this rocket came to a landing.  You'll have to watch the footage for yourself.

    Later he added that the rocket had actually landed, but tipped over:

    This launch follows an attempt to land on the drone ship back in January.  During that landing, the rocket hit the drone ship at an angle and exploded.  This is a monumental transition to a new future in space travel, exploration, and launches.  The goal is to continue trying until they master landing on the drone ship at sea and then eventually transition to landing rockets back on the ground as opposed to being burned up in the atmosphere or having them falling into the ocean.

    The cost savings from being able to reuse these rockets is astronomical. We are talking about saving millions and millions of dollars.  Once SpaceX begins successfully landing the rocket stage (which I fully believe that they eventually will), space travel will be revolutionized.  Musk is putting a lot of time, energy, and resources into this project and the goal is to make history.

    The uncrewed cargo spacecraft called the Dragon is set to dock at the International Space Station in a few days.  This is actually SpaceX's sixth mission to the International Space station; they are the first private space company that has been able to dock with the station.  In this mission, they are delivering more than 4,300 pounds of supplies.  It will take the International space station crew about five weeks to unpack and repack the Dragon before sending it to splash land in the Pacific Ocean (off the coast of California).  They are packing the Dragon back up with a few thousand pounds of science experiments, trash, and other miscellaneous items to come back to Earth.

    I am absolutely rooting for SpaceX's success in their next launch, we'll be keeping a close eye on them to watch it happen.  And, I'm confident it's coming soon.  Why you ask?  Well, Mr. Musk has given himself a little motivation:

     
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    As a strategic leader and entrepreneur, James Nagy has a record of generating growth by leveraging the latest technologies to drive sales, marketing, product development, and profitability. He is known for identifying and capitalizing on market trends, developing effective tactics for implementation, enhancing operating performance, and serving as a trusted advisor and business partner. Skilled at working across operations, James builds strong, cross-functional relationships and communicates complex technical information to diverse internal and external stakeholders.

    A big picture visionary, James identifies and reacts to market trends, providing disruptive strategies that go beyond IT to include sales, marketing, and product portfolio management. Building on his experience as Director of Software Development with premier companies Midas International Corporation and SXC Health Solutions, Inc., James launched two successful consulting companies, Sprocket Websites Inc. and J&S Tech Designs. As the Managing Director, he provides innovative solutions to clients in small- and mid-cap companies.

    When he is not advising other business leaders, James lends his expertise to a variety of organizations. He is a Founding Member & Committee Member of the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce; he serves on multiple teams and committees for the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce; he is a Founding Member of the Chicago Area DNN User Group, and he serves on the Board of Directors of the New West Symphony. In his free time, James enjoys Sci-Fi, coin collecting, traveling and wine tasting.

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