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SpaceX Set To Try Again Today

SpaceX has pushed back the launch time for the second attempt on several occasions for technical and safety problems.
by Staff Writers
Washington (AFP) March 20, 2007
Private satellite carrier SpaceX will launch its Falcon 1 rocket into space from the Marshall Islands Tuesday, nearly a year after its first attempt failed, the company said in a statement.

"The flight readiness review conducted shows all systems are 'go' for a launch attempt but the launch could be delayed if we have even the tiniest concern," chief executive Elon Musk said in the statement.

Space Exploration Technologies, better known as SpaceX, is shooting for a four-hour launch window opening at 2300 GMT at its Pacific Ocean launch pad at the US Kwajalein military base in the Marshall Islands, the company said.

SpaceX has pushed back the launch time for the second attempt on several occasions for technical and safety problems.

SpaceX was founded by Internet billionaire Musk in 2002. The second attempt is being financed by the US Defense Department's Defense Advanced Research Agency.

A fuel leak sparked a fire that destroyed a Falcon 1 rocket on the first attempted launch, SpaceX said.

The 21-meter (70-foot) two-stage rocket burned up in March 2006 just after launch at the US military base.

The rocket was propelled normally through takeoff by its mix of liquid oxygen and kerosene, but high-definition images showed that a fire broke out seconds after lift-off in the first stage of the vehicle.

SpaceX has signed at least nine contracts to launch satellites worth 200 million dollars.

Source: Agence France-Presse

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