VokinLoksar
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SpaceX Falcon 9 Maiden Flight

Fri Jun 04, 2010 2:41 pm

Scheduled for today, Friday June 4th. Launch window opens at 11:00am EDT and lasts for 4 hours. Webcast should start any minute now:

http://www.spacex.com/webcast.php
http://www.spacex.com/updates.php
 
DiamondFlyer
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RE: SpaceX Falcon 9 Maiden Flight

Fri Jun 04, 2010 4:37 pm

Looks like they've been working some sort of FTS problem, seeming to be caused by the location of the launch strongback, which seems odd to me. But in any case, hopefully this thing gets in the air today.

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VokinLoksar
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RE: SpaceX Falcon 9 Maiden Flight

Fri Jun 04, 2010 5:25 pm

They were holding due to range problems:

Quote:
Posted June 04, 2010 09:54 Pacific Time
Currently the range is holding for a concern about the downrange clear zone.

Now at T-5.

[Edited 2010-06-04 10:25:39]
 
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RE: SpaceX Falcon 9 Maiden Flight

Fri Jun 04, 2010 6:56 pm

She made it to orbit! Good Job SpaceX!
 
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RE: SpaceX Falcon 9 Maiden Flight

Fri Jun 04, 2010 6:59 pm

Great launch, was loving the on-board cameras  
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RE: SpaceX Falcon 9 Maiden Flight

Fri Jun 04, 2010 7:01 pm

Quoting trigged (Reply 3):
She made it to orbit! Good Job SpaceX!

Indeed. I'll be interested to see if the roll that developed on the 2nd stage was planned, or if there was some sort of small failure. In any case, this is a big step forward for them, and hopefully for American spaceflight.

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RE: SpaceX Falcon 9 Maiden Flight

Fri Jun 04, 2010 7:06 pm

Quoting DiamondFlyer (Reply 5):
I'll be interested to see if the roll that developed on the 2nd stage was planned,

I could be mistaken, but I thought the controller mentioned something about the roll being nominal. I thought it a little out of the ordinary, but maybe that is part of the design. I know I incessantly heard that the propulsion and guidance was nominal. 
 
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RE: SpaceX Falcon 9 Maiden Flight

Fri Jun 04, 2010 7:47 pm

I am getting word that a roll control motor was stuck on close to the end of the flight to cause that roll. Not a bad roll, but not something they need to happen on man-rated hardware. This was one heck of a good first flight though! Almost flawless.
 
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RE: SpaceX Falcon 9 Maiden Flight

Fri Jun 04, 2010 8:28 pm

Any word on the cause of the earlier-than-T-Zero launch (on the webcam, the rocket was off the pad at T -3). It seemed to catch the launch commentator off-guard, too.

SpaceX definitely has good reason to celebrate today!!!

[Edited 2010-06-04 13:32:28]
 
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RE: SpaceX Falcon 9 Maiden Flight

Fri Jun 04, 2010 9:49 pm

Does anyone have a link to a decent video of the launch? All the ones I've seen are really bad captures of the web stream.
 
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RE: SpaceX Falcon 9 Maiden Flight

Sat Jun 05, 2010 2:11 am

Quoting rwessel (Reply 9):
Does anyone have a link to a decent video of the launch? All the ones I've seen are really bad captures of the web stream.

Are these any better than what you've found?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science_and_environment/10243614.stm
(2 minutes condensed from the web stream)

http://www.spacex.com/multimedia/videos.php?id=51
(1:32 from the web stream, slightly different cuts)

Congratulations to SpaceX!

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RE: SpaceX Falcon 9 Maiden Flight

Mon Jun 07, 2010 11:46 pm

Sorry, I just saw this and have to ask:

Is Elon Musk related to Data from Star Trek?


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RE: SpaceX Falcon 9 Maiden Flight

Tue Jun 08, 2010 3:31 am

Quoting tugger (Reply 11):
Is Elon Musk related to Data from Star Trek?

Thanks.... you owe me a new keyboard. Keyboards don't react well to Diet Dr. Pepper. Especially nasally aspirated Diet Dr. Pepper.

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