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SpaceX News Update: Still reviewing data

Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Tue Apr 10, 2007 8:59 am
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Elon Musk noted in a very short news update related to the Falcon flight last month:

We are still reviewing data, so the full subsystem analysis is not quite ready yet. I should be able to post that update within approximately two weeks.

After the launch of SpaceX’ Falcon 1 rocket on March 20 some questions are answered but no fewer remain open. The rocket performed successful until a roll control anomaly shut down the second stage engine.

The Falcon lifted off from Omelek Island in the Pacific Ocean at 01:10 GMT after a delay due to lower than expected chamber pressure in the Merlin main engine. First stage operation was nominal and the main engine shut down after 2 minutes and 51 seconds.

Nonetheless SpaceX demonstrated several important milestones. They had a complete first stage burn and seperation of the stages. After that a successful engine start of the Kestrel upper stage engine and a second stage burn over more than two minutes. Additionally the payload fairing seperated flawlessly.

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