SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch Set For Saturday Scrubbed

By  //  May 9, 2014

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ABOVE VIDEO: The Falcon 9 Reusable (F9R) taking its second test flight at our rocket development facility. F9R quadrupled its height from its previous test to rise to 1,000m. Early flights of F9R will take off with legs fixed in the down position. However, we will soon be transitioning to liftoff with legs stowed against the side of the rocket and then extending them just before landing. 

UPDATE: May 9, 2014, 1 p.m.

The SpaceX Falcon 9  launch set for Saturday, May 10 has been scrubbed following problems with umbilical connections between the SLC-40 pad and the rocket. Friday’s issue is unspecified but it has resulted in SpaceX delaying the launch that was set for Saturday until later this month.

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SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch Set For Saturday

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA — A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch six second-generation Orbcomm communications satellites from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on tomorrow morning.

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The launch window is set 9:39 a.m. and runs through 10:33 a.m.

The satellites will operate for Orbcomm Inc., providing two-way data messaging services for global customers.

The rocket will fly in the Falcon 9 v1.1 configuration with upgraded Merlin 1D engines, stretched fuel tanks, and a payload fairing.

Sunday, May 11 is the backup date for the launch.


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