Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Stocking Stuffer


Click the arrow to watch the video on YouTube. Video source: SpaceX.

A holiday stocking stuffer for you ... March 21, 2007. SpaceX launches its second Falcon 1 test flight from Kwajelein Atoll.

The first Falcon 1 test was March 24, 2006. The engine failed 25 seconds after launch.

It took SpaceX a year to build up to their second test, which is the above video. The vehicle successfully launched and achieved second stage separation. The second stage engine shut down at 7 minutes 30 seconds into the flight. The test was considered a partial success.

Earlier this month, NASA entered into negotiations to lease Kennedy Space Center's historic Pad 39A to SpaceX. They grow up so fast.

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