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  • Falcon 9 on Hold
    Posted by Guy Norris 3:47 PM on Jun 04, 2010

    The first flight attempt of SpaceX's Falcon 9 vehicle from Kennedy Space Center, Florida is currently on hold at T-15 minutes while range safety assesses telemetry links. SpaceX says the vehicle and its Dragon spacecraft payload, as well as the range itself, are cleared for launch. As I post this the hold is moving into 1 hour 11 minutes - though the launch window officially opened at 11.00 am EDT.

    Falcon 9 is a medium-to-heavy lift, two-stage launch vehicle capable of lifting approximately 11 tons to low Earth orbit (LEO) and in excess of 4.5 tons to Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO). Few first launches have attracted so much attention as the long-awaited demonstration of Falcon 9 and Dragon spacecraft, particularly since the cancellation of NASA’s Ares program and SpaceX’s selection by NASA to resupply the International Space Station (ISS) when the Space Shuttle retires.

    You can check out the launch status live by visiting SpaceX's webcast.

    Tags: os99, SpaceX, Falcon, Kennedy

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