VIDEO: SpaceX Falcon 9 Prepares For Sunday Launch
By NASA.gov // June 10, 2014
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ABOVE VIDEO: Falcon 9 and Dragon roll out from the hangar and go vertical in preparation for the CRS-2 launch to the International Space Station.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA — A Space-X Falcon 9 rocket will launch from the Kennedy Space Center on Sunday, June 15 at 8 p.m.
The Falcon 9 will carry six second-generation ORBCOMM OG2 communications satellites, providing significant enhancements to messaging capabilities.
SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket
Developed completely in the 21st century by SpaceX, Falcon 9 is a two-stage rocket designed to launch satellites and the Dragon spacecraft into orbit.
SpaceX focuses on providing reliable, cost efficient and safe means of commercial space transportation.
With the rocket’s two-stage configuration, the number of separation events reduces potential risks. The nine first-stage engines provide the rocket the ability to complete its mission in the event of an engine shutdown.
Falcon 9 made history in 2012 when it delivered Dragon into the correct orbit for rendezvous with the International Space Station, making SpaceX the first commercial company ever to visit the station.
Since them, SpaceX has made three flights to the space station, both delivering and returning cargo for NASA. Falcon 9, along with the Dragon spacecraft, was designed from the outset to deliver humans into space and under an agreement with NASA SpaceX is actively working toward that goal.
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