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Private Rocketeer Looks To August Flight

Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Mon May 23, 2005 1:35 pm
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By Leonard David space.com: ARLINGTON, Virginia – The long-awaited and long-delayed debut of the privately-built Falcon 1 rocket has a launch date in sight.

“August would be a good bet,” said Elon Musk, chairman and chief executive officer of Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) of El Segundo, California. The rocketeer and his team are anxiously awaiting liftoff of a Titan 4 carrying a classified payload from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California – now slated to take to the air around mid-July, he said.

“We expect the range would assign us a launch date that is within two to three weeks of the Titan 4 departure,” Musk told an audience at the 24th International Space Development Conference on Friday. The event is being held here May 19-22, and sponsored by the National Space Society.

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