Thursday, September 19, 2013

SpaceX: The Next Generation


Click the arrow to watch the static test fire on YouTube.

SpaceX founder just posted on Twitter a link to the above YouTube video and the tweet:

Completed rocket static fire with all systems green this time. Launch window opens in 10 days.

That would put the first launch of the upgraded Falcon 9 on September 29. Not from Cape Canaveral, but from Vandenberg Air Force Base.

The SpaceX facility at the Cape's Pad 40 was upgraded during the summer with a new erector to handle the taller and more powerful Falcon 9. The first launch from there will be an SES-8 communications satellite, currently scheduled for sometime in October.

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