SpaceX COTS1 launch scheduled 12-7-2010

Falcon 9 Liftoff

SPACEX is targeting Tuesday December 7th for the launch of the Falcon 9 and it’s Dragon capsule. This comes shortly after the announcement that SPACEX was awarded the first commercial license for re-entry.

“The upcoming demonstration mission will launch from Cape Canaveral and should follow a flight plan nearly identical to the first Falcon 9 launch, but this time the Dragon spacecraft will separate from the second stage and will demonstrate operational communications, navigation, maneuvering and reentry. Although it does not have wings like Shuttle, the Dragon spacecraft is controlled throughout reentry by the onboard Draco thrusters which enable the spacecraft to touchdown at a very precise location – ultimately within a few hundred yards of its target.”

If necessary, launch opportunities also are available on Dec. 8 and Dec. 9 with the same window.

reference NASA

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