Sunday, July 23, 2006

Falcon 1 Failure Found in a B-nut


A DARPA review board has determined what it feels is the exact cause of the failure of the March 24 Falcon 1 flight and has cleared the rocket for another try. The next attempt is expected sometime this autumn, but an exact date has not been released.
Spacecraft builder SpaceX is working under contract to Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, a major source of funds for the Falcon project.

SpaceX founder Elon Musk has been furiously Blogging away at their official site, promoting the next launch of Falcon 1 and the yet-to-be-tested EELV class rocket, Falcon 9. SpaceX promises its fleet of Falcon rockets will revolutionize commercial space launch capability, greatly reducing the cost to orbit.
If it can get to orbit.
During the March 24 launch a leaking fuel tank caused the rocket to burst into flames just seconds after lift-off from the launch pad at the Kwajalein Atoll.

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