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SpaceX Completes Falcon I Structural Qualification For Flight

Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Mon Apr 4, 2005 11:45 am
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Spacedaily: Corporation (SpaceX) last Thursday announced the completion of qualification and acceptance testing of all primary structures for the Falcon I launch vehicle.
SpaceX has now successfully tested every major structural subsystem of Falcon I including the gimbal, thrust frame, first stage tank assembly, interstage, second stage tank assembly, avionics bay, payload adaptor and fairing.

Stage and fairing separation systems have also been successfully tested for flight. The first stage, which is designed to be reusable, was taken through over 150 pressure cycles without any sign of fatigue.

“We recognize that nothing is more important to our customers than reliability. Failure is never low cost,” said Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX.
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