New Falcon 9 Falls Short On Stage Functions

By Guy Norris, Amy Svitak
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology
October 07, 2013
Credit: SpaceX

SpaceX engineers will have some changes to make on the company's new Falcon 9 v1.1 launch vehicle before its next mission, following lessons learned from its Sept. 29 demonstration flight.

A preliminary test of an innovative reusable-booster concept intended to hold down costs showed the need for more work after an uncontrollable spin apparently hampered pre-spashdown braking. The vehicle also aborted a planned restart of its upper-stage engine during the otherwise successful debut of the upgraded rocket.

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