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The Sciences

Space X to try again this week

Bad AstronomyBy Phil PlaitSeptember 24, 2008 12:49 AM

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The private company Space X will try once again to get a Falcon 1 rocket into orbit. This fourth launch attempt could be as early as September 28!

They just had a "static firing" a test of the engines with the rocket strapped down. Everything looked pretty good, but they detected a minor fault in the second stage liquid oxygen supply. They'll be replacing a component in that system just to be safe.

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The static firing engine test for the Falcon 1.

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