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SFS News: SpaceX Update December

Posted by: Klaus Schmidt - Mon Dec 10, 2007 8:13 pm
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Post SFS News: SpaceX Update December   Posted on: Mon Dec 10, 2007 8:13 pm
Sorry for the long delay in posting. For the last few months, optional activities such as website updates have gone on the back burner while we finished the regeneratively cooled Merlin 1C engine, got the Falcon 9 first stage integrated, proof tested and fired, signed up our first GTO (geostationary transfer orbit) customer - Avanti Communications Group, and took our COTS system past the big CDR milestone. With all that taken care of, here comes another huge update:

First Falcon 9 Stage Hold Down Firing!

A few weeks ago, we fired an integrated Falcon 9 first stage for first time. This was one of the most difficult steps in the whole F9 development program, as it required that the first stage, test stand, ground support equipment and a Merlin engine all work together as an integrated system.

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Falcon 9 first stage single engine firing at dusk on the big stand (click picture to play video in Windows Media Player)

Over the next three to four months, we will gradually add more engines until reaching the full complement of nine. Once we have all nine engines and the stage working well as a system, we will extensively test the “engine outâ€


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Post    Posted on: Tue Dec 11, 2007 1:56 pm
Now this is what I call 'demonstrable progress', as opposed to the other, former COTS winner. 8)


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Post    Posted on: Tue Dec 11, 2007 5:27 pm
Just about the most exciting release ive seen this year! nice to see their progress being shared! phwooar

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Post question   Posted on: Wed Dec 12, 2007 12:05 pm
Are those windows I see built into the falcon 9 payload fairing?


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Post    Posted on: Wed Dec 12, 2007 3:13 pm
In case these are windows and not access holes that got sealed before launch, yes.

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Post    Posted on: Mon Feb 04, 2008 6:50 pm
They have a third Falcon-1 launch slated for Q1 this year, but is there any news of that?


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Post    Posted on: Thu Feb 14, 2008 6:14 pm
SpaceX updated the two Falcon 1 launches scheduled this year:

Flight 3 Q2 2008 Falcon 1
Malaysia: Razaksat Q3 2008 Falcon 1

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Post    Posted on: Thu Feb 14, 2008 7:57 pm
ah crap, i hate delays.


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