View Full Version : Live Webcast: SpaceX Surprise Launch of Falcon 1

2008-Aug-03, 01:30 AM
It has just been announced that the private space company, SpaceX, has set today as their launch window for their Falcon 1 rocket system to orbit the Earth. The press release reads: Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) has scheduled the launch of the Falcon 1 Flight 3 mission for Saturday, August 2nd. The launch window will [...]

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2008-Aug-03, 05:39 AM
New York Times: Launch of Private Rocket Fails; Three Satellites Were Onboard (http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/03/science/space/03launch-2.html?ref=us)

A privately funded rocket was lost on its way to space Saturday night, bringing a third failure in a row to an Internet multimillionaire’s effort to create a market for low-cost space-delivery business.

The failure occurred a little more than two minutes after launch, about the time of first stage separation, and the vehicle appeared to be oscillating before the signal was lost.

“We are hearing from the launch control center that there has been an anomaly on that vehicle,” said Max Vozoff, a launch commentator for the company, on a Webcast of the event soon after the live video feed from the rocket went dead.

Spacex: Message from Elon Musk (http://www.spacex.com/updates.php):

Plan Going Forward

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.

2008-Aug-04, 02:42 PM

All launch failures are bad news. Finding your failure modes one-at-a-time, post launch, is an expensive approach to low cost rocket development.