SpaceX only a few months away from a Falcon 9 launch

Falcon 9 at the Cape

Falcon 9 at the Cape

According to Elon Musk SpaceX should be launch it’s first Falcon 9 from the Cape sometime around the beginning of the new year.

“We are now only a few months away from having the inaugural Falcon 9 launch vehicle on its launch pad at Cape Canaveral and ready to fly! The actual launch date will depend on weather and how we fit into the overall launch schedule at the Cape, so that is a little harder to predict. Based on prior experience, launch could be anywhere from one to three months after Falcon 9 is integrated at the Cape in November.

This initial test flight will carry our Dragon spacecraft qualification unit, providing us with valuable aerodynamic and performance data for the Falcon 9 configuration that will fly on the following COTS and CRS missions for NASA. The second Falcon 9 flight will be the first flight of Dragon under the NASA COTS (Commercial Orbital Transportation Services) program, where we will demonstrate Dragon’s orbital maneuvering, communication and reentry capabilities.”

Read more on the SpaceX site

Dragon qualification unit

Dragon qualification unit

Watch a tour of the SpaceX Texas propulsion test site
Check out this great article at Popular Mechanics

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One Response to SpaceX only a few months away from a Falcon 9 launch

  1. Pillownaut says:

    Great pictures… ! This will be incredible if they genuinely pull it off!🙂

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