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SpaceX Test Launch In Progress [Jun. 4th, 2010|10:18 am]
SpaceX count has resumed. At T-12min.


Update: T-5min. Vehicle running on internal systems; terminal count.

Update: Auto abort to launchpad safe mode just after engine start at T-3sec.

No official word yet on whether they'll recycle and make another attempt in today's launch window.

So far, not too surprising. I figured engine issues or inclement weather were the likely outcomes for today. Recall that they're trying to simultaneously start nine separate engines for flight. Quite a feat.

Update: They confirmed that one engine had a parameter go out of bounds and that triggered the abort. Sounds like they're still optimistic about turning around for another attempt.

Update: Count recycled to T-15min. That puts T0 at around 11:45 PST.

Update: LIFTOFF! Cleared tower 11:45. First stage good so far.

Update: Stage Separation. Second stage ignition successful.

Update: Holy cow. Second stage performed cleanly. Engine shutdown on time. Falcon 9 ACHIEVED ORBIT on the first test of this new vehicle and configuration! Amazing.

[User Picture]From: xodiac
2010-06-04 08:30 pm (UTC)
Just watched the video. Wish I could have seen it live, but my personal sleep schedule prevented it. Very cool, though, even recorded.

Between Virgin Galactic, XCor, and SpaceX, it looks like the era of commercial spaceflight is very nearly here at last.
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[User Picture]From: rcking
2010-06-04 08:41 pm (UTC)
I watched it live. Very cool!
After the false start, it looked like a flawless launch.
So - now that it (second stage) is in orbit - what is the plan? Does it burn up on a random re-entry in a few weeks? Does it do a controlled re-entry into the pacific?
(no time to crawl their site)
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[User Picture]From: rcking
2010-06-04 09:46 pm (UTC)
Ah - never mind - I found a summary. It seems that it will be in orbit for about a year, then it will fall randomly on someone's head.
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