December 8, 2010 by USA Post
Spacex Launch, SpaceX is moving forward with plans for a launch Tuesday of its Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The unmanned flight calls for the launch of Dragon in orbit and recovery hours later, after a new entry and splashdown in the Pacific Ocean.
This is the first flight under a demonstration program to help NASA develop new vehicles that will deliver cargo to the ISS after the shuttle is retired next year. The launch of the Dragon on a Falcon 9 rocket, which flew for the second time, is scheduled for 9:03 Tuesday. The launch window extends to 12:22 p.m. The same window is available on December 8 and 9 cases of technical problems or weather stalling the first attempt. The rocket and spacecraft “are being prepared final in Cape Town,” spokeswoman Kirstin Brost said of SpaceX.
Preparations call for the rocket 180 feet to roll from its hangar and erected horizontal Thursday to launch complex 40 for a test firing of short Friday of nine engines on the first floor. “We need to get valuable information from (the) static fire,” said Brost.
If all goes as planned, a news conference pre-launch is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Monday with SpaceX CEO and Gwynne Shotwell NASA managers involved in the development of commercial vehicles. Under NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services program, SpaceX plans two or three demonstration missions that result in docking with the space station.
The company would then begin to execute a contract and 1.6 billion for the 12 missions of delivery of goods. Orbital Sciences Corp. of Dulles, Va., has a contract of 1.9 billion and eight cargo flights. It provides for at least one test flight next year from Virginia’s Taurus II rocket and spacecraft Cygnus
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