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SpaceX Falcon 1 Third Flight Scheduled Between August 1-5

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Jul 28, 2008 11:02 pm
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After a successful hot-fire test on June 25, 2008, the SpaceX team looks forward to their upcoming launch window opening on August 1 and lasting until August 5.

This time they will have valuable payloads atop their Falcon 1 rocket, powered the first time by the regenerative cooled Merlin-1C engine. The primary payload will be the US Department of Defense’s Trailblazer satellite while secondary payloads will be from NASA.

PRESAT and NANOSAIL-D, both built by Santa Clara University, will be atop a payload adapter needed later this year for the Malaysian Razaksat mission. PRESAT is designed to „evaluate the performance of a generic biofluidic sample management and handling system for future advanced in situ spaceborne biology experiments.“

NANOSAIL-D will demonstrate a solar sail. Its mission directive says „deploy a solar sail that also will be used as a drag sail to demonstrate orbital debris mitigation technology.“

The launch will occur from from the Reagan Test Site, Omelek Island, Kwajalein Atoll, in the Pacific same to the first two launches in 2006 and 2007. While the first launch failed due to corrosion of a nut only seconds after liftoff, the second flight saw a successful staging and a long second stage burn, only prematurely ended due to fuel sloshing.



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