Falcon 1 demo launch soon

There is an upcoming scheduled demo launch of SpaceX’s Falcon 1 rocket. The scheduled window for launch is March 19-22nd. Here are some stats on the Falcon 1:

Length: 21.3 m (70 ft)
Width: 1.7 m (5.5 ft)
Mass: 38,555 kg (85 klbs)
Thrust on liftoff: 454 kN (102 klbf)

Of course the first launch of the Falcon 1 ended in an explosion a year ago.

SpaceX is also working on it’s Dragon pressurized capsule which is design for Earth to LEO transport of cargo and/or crew members. The Dragon project is part of Nasa’s COTs contract. View a video demo of the Dragon here. Here are the project demos for the Dragon:

Demo Date Duration Objectives
1 Q3 2008 5 hours Launch and separate from Falcon 9, orbit Earth, transmit telemetry, receive commands, demonstrate orbital maneuvering and thermal control, re-enter atmosphere, and recover Dragon capsule
2 Q2 2009 5 days Full, long-duration system check-out, followed by ISS rendezvous simulation with the Falcon 9 upper stage. Dragon will perform approach, rendezvous, and breakaway operations with the stage.
3 Q3 2009 3 days Full cargo mission profile including mate to ISS, with empty capsule
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