Monday, December 12, 2005

Falcon 1 Maiden Flight Set; Precautions Taken

Possibly ushering in what could be called the Golden Age of Space Travel, the Falcon 1, privately owned and operated, partially reusable rocket, is scheduled to lift-off from the Kwajalein Atoll carrying aloft the Air Force Academy's cadet-built FalconSat 2 on Dec. 19.
The November maiden flight was scrubbed at the last minute due to a lack of liquid oxygen caused by an open valve. SpaceX owner Elon Musk said this time they have enough of the super-cooled oxidizer on-hand for several launch attempts.
If successful, SpaceX would decrease the cost of placing a satellite in orbit by a significant factor. Exactly how much, only time will tell...but it'll still be cheaper than hiring NASA.

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