Friday, February 10, 2006

Hold Down Fire Video and Photos

The video is up on SpaceX.com. Check out the link:

Hold Down Fire Video

Elon's official statement on the launch:
"We were very happy to be able to execute a flight countdown all the way to lighting the engine. Although there wasn't a launch this time, we made a lot of progress refining the rocket and launch pad -- all work that needed to be done anyway."

These are great photos, taken by Tom Rogers, the SpaceX camera-man:

Camera on the Umbilical Stand

T-Minus 1/2 second

T-Zero

A great job by the SpaceX guys. While it's only a partial victory, the complexities and variables in getting to launch is so daunting, we're happy to take our progress one small bite at a time.

We also learned a lot and it brings us closer to a smooth launch. Other than a hold-down fire, there's not much more we can test. So we're confident the next time we will make it past T-plus 1.

'til next time.

Kimbal

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4 comments:

inigmatus said...

Do you know if there is a camera on the rocket? It'd be cool to see video of the maiden flight from on board the rocket itself as it sees the ground falling away, and the curvature of the earth filling the view.

James Bellinger said...

Hm, was the second stage OK?

JB Holston said...

Congrats on making it this far .. whole family watching eagerly, each step along the way...

ザイツェヴ said...

I am curious what happens to the ablative chamber on the Merlin after a test-fire. I suppose one second is not long.