Tuesday, December 23, 2008

How do you spell 1.6 Beee-ll-yee-an Dollarssss?

S-P-A-C-E-X, that's how. Holy crap, Spacex just got awarded a monster contract from NASA.

$1.6 Billion to for cargo resupply services to the International Space Station. That's right, that's 'illion' with a B at the beginning.

And if things go well, NASA has the right to order another $1.5 Billion worth of services afterwards. Damn, that is serious sweetness.

For those that haven't been keeping up, SpaceX was previously awarded a smaller contract of about $300 million in 2006. Back then it was huge (actually it's still huge), but now it looks like small potatoes. The launch vehicle is Falcon 9 and the spacecraft that will dock with the ISS is called Dragon. The first Falcon 9 has already arrived in Cape Canaveral in preparation for its launch in 2009.

A 3D rendering of the Dragon Spacecraft that will dock with the ISS.

Here's the link to the official SpaceX announcement on the NASA Award.

Go SpaceX!!

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Monday, November 24, 2008

And this is what the locals saw...

Taken from a handy-cam a few miles away...

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And here's the video

Falcon 9 Test-Fire from Saturday night. Three sweet minutes of watching liquid oxygen combine with rocket grade kerosene. I never thought I could feel such bliss.

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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Falcon 9 to Aliens: You ain't seen nothing yet.

SpaceX test-fired the Falcon 9 last night at its McGregor Test Facility in Texas. It was awesome, and could be seen from miles away. It also went on for almost three minutes and gave the locals the clear perception that they were about to be abducted from Aliens.

Pure awesomeness!

Check out video of the Falcon 9 test-fire posted by NasaWatch. It is seriously hilarious. Whoever saw that from their bedroom window must have crapped their pants a few times over.

Some tasty tidbits from the SpaceX team:

'At full power, the rocket generated 855,000 pounds of force at sea level. In vacuum, the thrust increases to approximately one million pounds or four times the maximum thrust of a 747 aircraft. The test consumed over half a million pounds of propellant. All nine engines fired for 160 seconds, then two engines were shut down to limit the acceleration and the remaining seven engines continued firing for 18 more seconds, as would occur in a typical climb to orbit.

The test firing validated the design of SpaceX's use of nine engines on the first stage, as well as the ability to shut down engines without affecting the functioning of the remaining engines. This demonstrates the ability of Falcon 9 to lose engines in flight and still complete its mission successfully, much as a commercial airliner is designed to be safe in the event of an engine loss. Like an airliner, the Falcon 9 engines are enclosed in a protective sheath that ensures a fire or destructive loss of an engine doesn’t affect the rest of the vehicle.

The Falcon 9 will be the first vehicle since the Saturn V and Saturn 1 to have the ability to lose any engine/motor and still be able to complete its mission without loss of crew or spacecraft. Engine out reliability proved crucial to mission success on two of the Saturn V flights.'

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Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Perfect launch!

Man what a day. For those that missed the action on Sunday, check out my twitters. The launch went perfectly, taking off exactly on time and delivering a 360 pound aluminum dummy satellite to orbit. Emotions were high and it was cheers and hugs all round when the rocket reached orbit.

Here's an awesome video by one of the folks at SpaceX. Congrats to everyone there. A truly amazing achievement.

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Sunday, September 28, 2008

Twittering from SpaceX Headquarters

I'm at SpaceX today for the launch of Falcon 1, Vehicle 4. Add me on Twitter to follow along.


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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Flight 4 Static Fire

As planned, Flight 4 went through a static fire today.

From Elon:

"The static fire took place on Saturday [20 Sep 2008, CA time], as expected, and no major issues came up. However, after a detailed analysis of data, we decided to replace a component in the 2nd stage engine LOX supply line. There is a good chance we would be ok flying as is, but we are being extremely cautious.

This adds a few extra days to the schedule, so the updated launch window estimate is now Sept 28th through Oct 1st [CA time].


Here are some awesome shots of the static fire...

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Falcon 1 Vehicle 3 Full Webcast

The full webcast of the entire voyage of Falcon 1 is now available. It's an amazing video and I suggest everyone take the time to check it out. I don't think there's anything out there like this. The idea of being this open to the public in any company is amazing. To do it in the space business, with such a high rate of failures, is especially noteworthy.

If you can't access it on my site (the link is a bit spotty), try this page on SpaceX's site.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Elon speaking at the Mars Society Convention in Boulder

For friends of SpaceX in the Boulder area this week-end, Elon will be speaking at the annual Mars Society Convention this Saturday.

Place: University Memorial Center, University Of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado
Time: August 16th, 1pm.

Their website is down, so not sure how hard it is to get tickets. You can try at www.marssociety.org/portal/c/Conventions/2008/ElonMuskSpeaking. Hopefully it will be up again later today.

If you're coming, leave a comment and let's say hi at the talk.

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Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Timing is Everything

Official report from SpaceX on the Falcon 1 Vehicle 3 launch:

On August 2 nd, Falcon 1 executed a picture perfect first stage flight, ultimately reaching an altitude of 217 km, but encountered a problem just after stage separation that prevented the second stage from reaching orbit. At this point, we are certain as to the origin of the problem. Four methods of analysis – vehicle inertial measurement, chamber pressure, onboard video and a simple physics free body calculation – all give the same answer.

The problem arose due to the longer thrust decay transient of our new Merlin 1C regeneratively cooled engine, as compared to the prior flight that used our old Merlin 1A ablatively cooled engine. Unlike the ablative engine, the regen engine had unburned fuel in the cooling channels and manifold that combined with a small amount of residual oxygen to produce a small thrust that was just enough to overcome the stage separation pusher impulse.

We were aware of and had allowed for a thrust transient, but did not expect it to last that long. As it turned out, a very small increase in the time between commanding main engine shutdown and stage separation would have been enough to save the mission.

The question then is why didn't we catch this issue? Unfortunately, the engine chamber pressure is so low for this transient thrust -- only about 10 psi -- that it barely registered on our ground test stand in Texas where ambient pressure is 14.5 psi. However, in vacuum that 10 psi chamber pressure produced enough thrust to cause the first stage to recontact the second stage.

It looks like we may have flight four on the launch pad as soon as next month. The long gap between flight two and three was mainly due to the Merlin 1C regen engine development, but there are no technology upgrades between flight three and four.

Good Things About This Flight

  • Merlin 1C and overall first stage performance was excellent
  • The stage separation system worked properly, in that all bolts fired and the pneumatic pushers delivered the correct impulse
  • Second stage ignited and achieved nominal chamber pressure
  • Fairing separated correctly
  • We discovered this transient problem on Falcon 1 rather than Falcon 9
  • Rocket stages were integrated, rolled out and launched in seven days
  • Neither the near miss potential failures of flight two nor any new ones were present
  • The only untested portion of flight is whether or not we have solved the main problem of flight two, where the control system coupled with the slosh modes of the liquid oxygen tank. Given the addition of slosh baffles and significant improvements to the control logic, I feel confident that this will not be an issue for the upcoming flight four."

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Monday, August 04, 2008

Thanks for joining me this week-end

Hey everyone.

Thanks for joining me over the week-end as we watched one of the most exciting Space events of the year. It's sad that it did not make it to orbit, but that's the reality of a Space Exploration. SpaceX is going to change the way mankind reaches space. Turns out, that's not as easy as it sounds. ;)

I'll keep posting as there is new news. In the meantime, click here to use Me.dium to stay up to date on Falcon 1 and SpaceX.

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Sunday, August 03, 2008

The Plan Going Forward

From Elon's message to the SpaceX employees:

"It was obviously a big disappointment not to reach orbit on this flight [Falcon 1, Flight 3]. On the plus side, the flight of our first stage, with the new Merlin 1C engine that will be used in Falcon 9, was picture perfect. Unfortunately, a problem occurred with stage separation, causing the stages to be held together. This is under investigation and I will send out a note as soon as we understand exactly what happened.

The most important message I’d like to send right now is that SpaceX will not skip a beat in execution going forward. We have flight four of Falcon 1 almost ready for flight and flight five right behind that. I have also given the go ahead to begin fabrication of flight six. Falcon 9 development will also continue unabated, taking into account the lessons learned with Falcon 1. We have made great progress this past week with the successful nine engine firing.

As a precautionary measure to guard against the possibility of flight 3 not reaching orbit, SpaceX recently accepted a significant investment. Combined with our existing cash reserves, that ensures we will have more than sufficient funding on hand to continue launching Falcon 1 and develop Falcon 9 and Dragon. There should be absolutely zero question that SpaceX will prevail in reaching orbit and demonstrating reliable space transport. For my part, I will never give up and I mean never.

Thanks for your hard work and now on to flight four.


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Saturday, August 02, 2008

Update: Initial post-launch analysis

It has been a tough day. Falcon 1 Vehicle 3 did not reach orbit today.

A problem occurred with stage separation, causing the stages to hold together. On the plus side, the new Merlin 1C engine in the first stage performed flawlessly. This engine will be used on Falcon 9, the SpaceX rocket that will take cargo to the International Space Station.

Falcon 1 Vehicle 4 is almost ready for flight and Vehicle 5 is right behind it. I'll post expected launch dates as I have them.

Onward and upward!

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Rocket is lost

More information as I get it.

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Anomoly in launch

Waiting for more information.

We have two more Falcon 1's right behind this one, no matter what happened.

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T-Zero Lift off!

Wooooo hooooo!!!!

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Strong back lowered. External power removed. We're ready to go.

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We're on again.

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Abort analysis

No biggie: 0.5 psi off on turbopump purge pressure. Adjustments are being made. Countdown should resume soon.

(we have about 40min left in the launch window)

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Countdown to resume in 15min

Should be at T-10min when we start up again.

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Strongback coming back up

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Count aborted at T-Zero

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Engines firing up.

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We're good to go.

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The strongback has been lowered and Auto-Sequence has begun.

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We've past the previous checkpoint! We are clear for launch!!!!

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No issues. everything looks green.

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Looking good...

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First stage fuel load complete.

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Both stages loading fuel

We're about 38min on the count.

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Green for launch at 8pm PDT

No known issues at this point.

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Update: T-Zero around 8pm PDT

Word on the ground is that the Helium cryochill appears to be ok. T-Zero now around 8pm PDT.

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Did you know that Kwaj started out as a target?

When I was in Kwaj, I couldn't help but notice the strange pictures from around town.

Strange picture from around town

As it turned out, Kwaj was (and still is) a giant target for testing missiles launched from the continental US. Those images are the re-entry trails of the ICBM's launched from California. I found this out on a bike ride around the island. There is a beautiful view on the north side of the island looking into the center of the atoll.

The beautiful view of the center of the atoll from this chair

What it looks like when ICBMs re-enter (from the chair).

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Mmm... what to do to kill some time.

Well, I went through the Kwajrockets archive and found some goodies. I know you guys are probably scouring every corner of this blog for all the great stuff I've written, but just in case, I thought I'd give you a highlight reel.

Omelek - SpaceX's island

Did you know that Kwaj is very far away?

Some Kwaj facts:
  • Guam is closest at 1,400 miles away, Hawaii is 2,100 miles away
  • It's the largest Atoll in the world
  • Population 2,500
  • It has a runway and a small military base.
Directions from the Kwajalein Airport.

The Houston of SpaceX.

The main view of the rocket from Control Room.

The ocean as seen from Kwaj.

The beaches aren't the big draw here.

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Weather Radar over Kwaj

Gotta love Google and WunderMap for their awesome service. Here's an image capture from a minute ago. Weather is here, wish you were great!

Kwaj's main base (and where the control center is) is at the bottom right of the Atoll.

Here's a detailed map. Omelek is about 2 miles north of Meck along the Atoll.

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Expected T-Zero around 7pm PDT

Not official yet, but based on reports from Kwaj, expected T-Zero is around 7pm PDT.

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[Correction]: Defueling is to ensure that the helium does not cool the fuel.

For those that heard 'Depowering the FTS'. That means Flight Termination System. Just powering down to ensure that we don't overheat.

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Holding at T-16min

Hold is due to extended time needed to cryochill the helium.

Falcon 1 is at 98% helium mass load, but as we all know, that last 2% is a bitch. (Asymptotically approaching the limit of the heat exchanger).

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Doing final helium chilldown to cryo temp.

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Whoever thought 30 minutes would take this long

Damn. I think the countdown clock is slow.

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Topping valve closed.

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Helium pump stopped. Starting Helium top.

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Weather is good to go. Pad Crew are on Meck and reported in.

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Fuel load is complete.

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The SpaceX Hanger

For those that aren't aware, SpaceX does almost all its work just south of Los Angeles. It's headquarters is a 500,000sf Hanger on Hawthorne airport. Check it out:

It's Huuuuugggggge!

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Standing by for LOX topping.

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Countdown has resumed

T-55 to lift-off!

Awesome shot of the Falcon Locked and Loaded!

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Three minutes to resume countdown

Topping up of LOX to begin shortly.

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SpaceX crew in Hawthorne

SpaceX's headquarters in Hawthorne, CA. The entire staff and their families are viewing the webcast in the Hanger.

It's going to be a fun night

The webcast in IMAX 3D!
(just kidding)

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From Kwaj:

Lox load is complete. Holding to determine Collision Avoidance with ISS and avoid radiating UFKAS during powered flight. New projected T zero is 12:55pm local-time on Kwaj.

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What is Merlin 1C? Falcon 1's Awesome Engine

The good thing about having a little bit of free time, is that it just happens that there's a lot to talk about. Here's a diddy on the rockin' Merlin 1C, the main engine of Falcon 1 Vehicle 3.

The pintle style injector at the heart of Merlin was first used in the Apollo Moon program for the Lunar Excursion Module (LEM) landing engine, one of the most critical phases of the mission.


Sea Level Thrust: 78,000 lb - those three F-16s I mentioned earlier
Vacuum Thrust: 138,400 lb - everything is just better in space.
Sea Level Isp: 255 s - Isp is Specific Impulse
Vacuum Isp: 304 s

Now I know you're asking: What exactly is Isp, Kimbal? Well, funny you ask. I just happen to have an explanation...

For the Rocket Scientists out there...

The specific impulse Isp is given by:

Isp = Veq / g0

where g0 is the gravitational acceleration constant (32.2 ft/sec^2 in English units, 9.8 m/sec^2 in metric units). Now, if we substitute for the equivalent velocity in terms of the thrust:

Isp = F / (mdot * g0)

Mathematically, the Isp is a ratio of the thrust produced to the weight flow of the propellants. A quick check of the units for Isp shows that:

Isp = m/sec / m/sec^2 = sec

Now I know that a lot of folks aren't into physics, or if they are, and you still can't figure it out, our friends at NASA have a nice and easy explanation of Isp:

"Why are we interested in specific impulse? First, it gives us a quick way to determine the thrust of a rocket, if we know the weight flow rate through the nozzle. Second, it is an indication of engine efficiency. Two different rocket engines have different values of specific impulse. The engine with the higher value of specific impulse is more efficient because it produces more thrust for the same amount of propellant. Third, it simplifies our mathematical analysis of rocket thermodynamics. The units of specific impulse are the same whether we use English units or metric units. Fourth, it gives us an easy way to "size" an engine during preliminary analysis. The result of our thermodynamic analysis is a certain value of specific impulse. The rocket weight will define the required value of thrust. Dividing the thrust required by the specific impulse will tell us how much weight flow of propellants our engine must produce. This information determines the physical size of the engine. "

And from SpaceX:
"With a vacuum specific impulse of 304s, Merlin is the highest performance gas generator cycle kerosene engine ever built, exceeding the Boeing Delta II main engine, the Lockheed Atlas II main engine and on par with the Saturn V F-1.

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Update: Liquid oxygen loading is complete

Holding at t-55min.

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Update: First Stage Oxygen Load Completed

Second stage LOX load at 50%.

Image from Meck Island (2 miles away)

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Falcon 1 Facts

While we're waiting, I thought I'd share some fun factoids about the rocket we're checking out today:

Falcon 1 is a two stage, liquid oxygen and rocket grade kerosene (RP-1) powered launch vehicle. It is designed from the ground up by SpaceX for cost efficient and reliable transport of satellites to low Earth orbit.

She shore is purty, ain't she?

Length: 21.3 m (70 feet) - Your standard 7 story building.
Width: 1.7 m (5.5 feet) - actually, make that a 7 story pencil.
Mass: 27,670 kg (61,000 lbs) - about the weight of 4 semis (sans trailer).
Thrust on liftoff: 347 kN (78,000 lbf) - about the same thrust of three F-16's at full throttle.

First Stage
The primary structure is made of an aluminum alloy (patent pending), graduated monocoque, common bulkhead, flight pressure stabilized architecture developed by SpaceX. The
design is a blend between a fully pressure stabilized design, such as Atlas II, and a heavier isogrid design, such as Delta II. As a result, Falcon 1 first stage is able to capture the mass
efficiency of pressure stabilization, but avoid the ground handling difficulties of a structure unable to support its own weight.

A single SpaceX Merlin 1C regenerative engine powers the Falcon 1 first stage, and is flying in this configuration for the first time on Flight 3. After first stage engine start, the Falcon is held down and not released for flight until all propulsion and vehicle systems are confirmed to be operating nominally.

Stage separation occurs via redundantly initiated separation bolts and a pneumatic pusher system. All components are space qualified and have flown previously on other launch vehicles.

Second Stage
The tanks are precision machined from plate with integral flanges and ports, minimizing the number of welds necessary. A single SpaceX Kestrel engine powers the Falcon 1 upper stage.

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Update: Liquid oxygen loading has begun

Ah yeah! Let's get this party started!

Pad Crew have left Omelek and begun their boat ride to Meck (a few miles away).

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Update: Lift-off at 5:00pm PDT

Liftoff is now expected at 5:00pm PDT / 8:00pm EDT / 24:00 UTC.

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Update: Lift-off at 5:30pm PST

Live feed from Kwaj in 30 minutes.


Stay up to date on Falcon 1 and SpaceX with Me.dium Social Search. Me.dium finds the hottest pages from around the web on any topic.

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Flight 3 Timeline

The Falcon 1 Flight 3 will carry a payload stack of three separating satellites that will orbit at an inclination of 9 degrees:

1. The Trailblazer satellite, developed by SpaceDev of Poway, Calif.
2. PRESat, a micro laboratory from NASA's Ames Research Center
3. NanoSail-D, which will unfurl an ultra-thin solar sail, developed by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, in collaboration with NASA Ames Research Center.

Here's the timeline of what we should expect during the launch. Time to delivery of all three payloads is 18 minutes and 17 seconds.

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Update: Lift-off at 4:30pm PST

Liftoff is now expected at 4:30pm PDT / 7:30pm EDT / 23:30 UTC.

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Countdown has begun!

Pad preparations have been completed. Helium is filling and chilling nominally. Tanks have been purged.

T-1 hour and counting. As of now, all systems are go!

Here's a photo of DemoFlight2 to keep you occupied while you wait:

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Falcon 1 Launch window opens in two hours

The launch window will open at 4:00 p.m. (PDT) / 7:00 p.m. (EDT) / 23:00 (UTC) and remain open for five hours.

Webcast url is now available: http://www.spacex.com/webcast.php

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Full Thrust Test-Firing of Falcon 9!

Last night Spacex achieved a major milestone. I know, you're thinking I'm talking about the Falcon 1 launch window, but as is to be expected for a company like SpaceX, they tend to have more than one major awesome thing going on at a time.

On Thursday night was the first nine engine firing of the Falcon 9 Launch Vehicle at the Texas Test Facility out of McGregor. Last night a second successful firing completed a major milestone for NASA on the path towards a new transportation vehicle to the International Space Station. I.e. replacing the Space Shuttle. Oh yeah baby.

And of course, some awesome stats
1. 3,200lbs/sec - Fuel consumed full power
2. 832,000lbf - pounds of force generated at full power (four times the maximum thrust of a 747)
3. With some tweaks and a new fuel pump upgrade, Falcon 9 will be the most powerful singe core vehicle in the US.

From Elon -
“This was the most difficult milestone in development of the Falcon 9 launch vehicle and it also constitutes a significant achievement in US space vehicle development. Not since the final flight of the Saturn 1B rocket in 1975, has a rocket had the ability to lose any engine or motor and still successfully complete its mission,” said Elon Musk, CEO and CTO of SpaceX. “Much like a commercial airliner, our multi-engine design has the potential to provide significantly higher reliability than single engine competitors.”

And for the voyeur's in all of us, here the running commentary on the test firing from the team on the ground-

Time: Friday, 01 August, 2008 6:22 PM
Status: Helium trailer hooked up. We are getting ready to bring the stage up on the new helium and perform valve timing checks.

Time: Fri Aug 01 18:57:26 2008
Status: Main valve timing is good. We are setting up to test

Time: Friday, 01 August, 2008 8:09 PM
Status: LOX load started

Time: Friday, 01 August, 2008 8:18 PM
Status: LOX load at 30%

Time: Friday, 01 August, 2008 8:20 PM
Status: Starting fuel loading on F9 stage. LOX load at 16,000 gallons

Time: Friday, 01 August, 2008 8:27 PM
Status: LOX load at 70% fuel load at 25%

Time: Friday, 01 August, 2008 8:35 PM
Status: LOX load complete, fuel load at 70%

Time: Friday, 01 August, 2008 8:43 PM
Status: F9 propellant load complete. 535,000lbm propellant loaded. Next step is to set up to run 15 second trim test.

Time: Friday, 01 August, 2008 8:51 PM
Status: Starting autosequence... For 15 second nine engine test

Time: Fri Aug 01 20:54:06 2008
Subject: Test complete - full 15 seconds!!!! No Aborts

And of course, no test firing post is complete without the video from last night.

How's that for some candy before the launch!

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Time-lapse photo of Falcon 1 under the stars

This amazing photo just came in from the SpaceX team on the ground in Kwaj. Man, I miss being there. (not that I ever was there)

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Elon (my bro') wins an Oscar

Well, he actually won a George. But it's the rocket industry's version of an Oscar. Elon just received the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics George M. Low Space Transportation Award for 2008. Maybe we should call it a 'Jorge'? No? Okay, a George.

The award is presented for a timely outstanding contribution to the field of space transportation. I think Elon qualifies for that one. :)

It will be awarded at the annual AIAA Space 2008 Conference in September.

Wait! It's better than an Oscar because it's only given out every two years. Yay Bro!

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Falcon 1 is vertical

Weather conditions are good right now for the launch window that opens on Friday. The base have given us five days to find a time to launch. The final decision will be based on conditions on the ground. The priority is always the safety and reliability of the vehicle, and the successful delivery of the Defense Department and NASA satellites to orbit.

That being said, doesn't it just look cool as heck?

[damn. Blogger is down and won't let me upload photos. I've reposted this picture on my typepad blog. check it out here]

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Monday, July 28, 2008

Launch window coming up!

We're now 4 days away from the launch window for the Falcon 1 flight 3 vehicle, equipped with SpaceX's new Merlin 1C regeneratively cooled engine. Launch window is August 1-5, and launch will occur out of our favorite launch base in the world, Kwaj.

For those that missed it, there was a successful static fire on June 25th. For those that don't remember how cool a static fire is, check out this video of the static fire from Falcon 1 Demoflight 2.

Falcon 1 Flight 3 will carry the Trailblazer satellite for the Jumpstart Program of the Department of Defense’s Operationally Responsive Space Office (ORS). Additional secondary payloads include an adapter system developed by the government of Malaysia that holds two small NASA satellites.

Payload being encapsulated in the ferring

Vehicle the night before rollout to the launch pad

I'll keep you updated as I hear more...

(check this page to stay up-to-date Falcon 1 using Me.dium Social Search)

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Thursday, April 24, 2008

SpaceX gets Launch Services Contract from NASA

SpaceX can now compete for more NASA missions. Ah yeah!

From Elon:

"Receiving the NASA Launch Services contract for the Falcon 1 and Falcon 9 is a significant endorsement of SpaceX's products and of our plans for the future. In addition to the fourteen missions we've sold thus far, gaining NLS approval constitutes further validation of SpaceX's technology, and opens the doors for the wide variety of NASA spacecraft to fly aboard our launch vehicles. We look forward to working with NASA to send their payloads to Earth orbit, Geostationary orbit, the Moon, Mars and beyond.


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Saturday, April 19, 2008

Falcon 1 ships to Kwaj for June Launch

Flight 3 of Falcon 1 heads to Kwajalein, with the upgraded Merlin 1C engine.

This flight will carry the DoD's (Department of Defense's) ORS (Operationally Responsive Space) office's first JMP (Jumpstart Mission Payload) into orbit.

I wonder if texting actually started with the Department of Defense? They certainly keep to their abbreviations, imnsho. :/

From the SpaceX blog:
"In addition to the ORS primary payload, Flight 003 will also carry a rideshare adapter experiment for ATSB of Malaysia (the primary customer for the following Falcon 1 launch, F1-004), and two CubeSat payloads.ge.)"

I'll keep you updated.


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Tuesday, February 12, 2008