Friday, March 2, 2012

SpaceX Completes "Wet" Dress Rehearsal

Click the arrow to watch a Florida Today video of the media visiting LC-40 after the Falcon 9 "wet" dress rehearsal. You may be subjected to an ad first.

Florida Today reports on yesterday's "wet" dress rehearsal for the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch to the International Space Station.

("Wet" means they fueled the rocket.)

“The test went well,” SpaceX said in a statement. “Over the coming days, we will continue to review the data as we prepare for our upcoming mission.”

The practice countdown was recycled at least once at T minus 10 minutes, according to Twitter updates provided by Kennedy Space Center. The company hasn’t yet commented on the rehearsal’s results.

SpaceX invited NASA-credentialed media to visit the pad after the test. If you watch the above Florida Today video, you'll see few media attended. It appears to be mostly photographers. No wonder much of the public thinks the space program has ended ...

Below are images I shot yesterday during the test from Titan Road just north of the Solid Motor Assembly Building.

Other reports: "SpaceX Conducts Successful Wet Dress Rehearsal of Falcon 9 Rocket" "SpaceX Team Conduct Successful Falcon 9 WDR Ahead of Dragon’s ISS Debut" "Falcon 9 Rocket Fueling Test Completed at Cape Canaveral"

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