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SpaceX - Falcon 9 Progress Update

Published by Rob on Tue Dec 30, 2009 11:29 am
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The integration of Falcon 9 continued steadily through the long Christmas holiday, and the images below show just how close Falcon 9 is to being completely integrated.

Whether measured by weight or by cost, the majority of the Falcon 9 being assembled is actual flight hardware. If there are no unexpected delays, its possible Falcon 9 will be integrated before December 31st — certainly a great way to start off the New Year.

View of Falcon 9 nearing completion, with the Banana River in the distance.

Side view of the entire assembly (from left) engines, skirt, first stage tank, interstage, second stage and 5.2 meter payload fairing.

Erector arm pieces coming together, with the large steel launch mount below, as yet unpainted.

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