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Explorers Flight Launch Set For June

File image of the Falcon 1.
by Staff Writers
Houston TX (SPX) Apr 25, 2008
The Explorers Flight will be launched on board a Falcon 1 rocket from the Marshall Islands, which are located in the Western Pacific. Launch is projected to occur in early June 2008 (no earlier than June 10). As has been our practice in conducting our six previous launches, when we believe that we are approximately one month from launch we will e-mail you an invitation to the launch, providing you with a detailed agenda of our launch-related activities.

Since launch delays are the norm in spaceflight, we do not issue a detailed agenda prior to this point: We do not want to inconvenience you with unnecessary planning.

We have received a few requests from family members who may wish to travel to the Marshall Islands. The island from which the rocket will be launched is very small and remote. We may view the launch from another island, or from a yacht that would be an estimated 15 miles from the island. We are investigating our options for viewing the launch, and will inform you once we have confirmed the details.

However, the majority of our families have opted not to attend the launch. Traveling to the Marshall Islands is expensive. If we charter a yacht, those who attend would also need to share in this cost. We would likely be on the yacht for at least a matter of days, if not an entire week. Furthermore, at approximately 15 miles from the launch pad, viewing the launch would be difficult, even if the weather cooperates.

You can, however, see the launch live from the comfort of your home: SpaceX will provide a Web cast of the launch which we plan to show on our Web site as well. We also plan to show the launch live to those who attend the Explorers Flight memorial service.

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