Falcon 9 is a spaceflight launch system that uses rockets designed and manufactured by SpaceX. Both stages of the two-stage-to-orbit vehicles, which use liquid oxygen (LOX) and rocket-grade kerosene (RP-1) propellants, are intended to be reusable. Multiple variants are planned with payloads of between 10,450 kg and 26,610 kg to low Earth orbit, and between 4,540 kg and 15,010 kg to geostationary transfer orbit, placing the Falcon 9 design in the medium-lift to heavy-lift range of launch systems. As of February 23, 2010[update], the fist Falcon 9 is upright on its launch pad at Launch Complex 40 in preparation for its maiden launch. Currently the maiden flight is tentatively scheduled for launch on June 4, 2010, delayed from Nov. 29, Feb. 9, March 3, March 8, May 16, May 27 and June 2. SpaceX has repeatedly stated that all launch dates are subject to change as they work through various issues and the scheduled launch date should be treated as the earliest possible date, not the actual launch date. Falcon 9 will be the first new rocket to launch from Cape Canaveral since 2002. The Falcon 9 will be the launch vehicle for the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft. The Falcon 9 and Dragon combination won a Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract from NASA to resupply the International Space Station under the Commercial Orbital Transportation Services program. Bigelow Aerospace is also considering the Falcon 9 for their Orion Lite manned spacecraft.
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This is the NASA TV HD coverage of Falcon 9 Flight 2. Much higher quality than the official SpaceX stream but missing the on-board camera. Once the vehicle is out of range the shot goes back to an empty launch pad. For on-vehicle shots check out of Falcon 9 Flight 2 Live Webcast footage on both Spacevidcast.com and YouTube
SpaceX Falcon 9 Flight 2 NASA TV HD CoverageSpacevidcastThis is the NASA TV HD coverage of Falcon 9 Flight 2. Much higher quality than the official SpaceX stream but missing the on-board camera. ...
This is the live webcast for the Falcon 9 Flight 2 from Space Exploration Technologies or SpaceX. The second Falcon 9 rocket launched for SLC-40 in Flordia carrying the first Dragon COTS demo unit. A HD version of this launch will be made available soon, but this is the only version with the on-board camera.
A private company has launched a spacecraft in a bold demonstration test for NASA. The Space Exploration Technologies rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral on Wednesday morning. The Falcon 9 is carrying a capsule named Dragon. The company, known as SpaceX, hopes to place the capsule in orbit and then bring it back to Earth three hours later. It will be the first time a commercial business tries to recover a spacecraft re-entering from orbit. The plan is for Dragon to circle the world twice, then parachute into the Pacific Ocean, 500 miles off the Mexican coast. NASA is hiring companies like SpaceX to haul supplies to the International Space Station following next year's shuttle retirement. Taxi trips for astronauts may follow.
The Dragon C1launched on 12/8/10 @ 10:43 AM. IT is the first flight for the dragon capsule and the second for the Falcon 9. It is a private flight by Space X, and will be the first private/commercial flight to orbit the earth and attempt a re-entry and recovery.
A compilation of highlights from the Falcon 9 Flight 1 Mission in high definition. Music Credits: Furious Angels by Rob Dougan "Keep Hope Alive" by The Crystal Method
Scott Henderson, SpaceX Director of Mission Assurance, takes us on a tour of Space Launch Complex 40, the company's launch pad for its Falcon 9 rocket. The tour starts with Mr. Henderson's introduction on the bus driving onto the complex. We then get out of the bus and tour the launch pad itself. The strongback was in its raised position, as it is on launch day, for some testing. This tour was part of Air Force Week media day events, hosted by the 45th Spcae Wing at Patrick AFB in Florida. Air Force Week celebrates the accomplishments and work done by the United States Air Force in defense of the country. This year, Patrick is one of two installations to host Air Force Week and highlights space-related activities at Patrick, Cape Canaveral and Kennedy Space Center.
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Was listening to music one day when someone in the chat on the website linked this website, showing a live shuttle launch. So, for the heck of it, I recorded it. Hope you like it.
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Nine engine, 40 second test fire of SpaceX's Falcon 9, Stage 1 rocket.
Like it says, this is the first flight of the SpaceX Falcon 9 in High Definition. There are several things to note here that weren't clear on the low-def version I uploaded earlier. First, the rocket rotates immediately at takeoff. Not sure this was intentional, but it certainly does not appear to be. Second, as the engine shuts down, there appears to be an odd wrinkle on the expansion nozzle to the right of the roll control nozzle. I'm a big fan of the SpaceX concept for the Falcon 9. A successful first launch at this cost and with this short of a development period is unprecedented.
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Please visit our sponsor: gdiusa.ws June 4, 2010 - Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) successfully launched their Falcon 9 rocket with the Dragon capsule qualification unit. SpaceX was awarded a COTS contract under the Bush Administration for International Space Station (ISS) resupply and crew launch to the ISS. Great job SpaceX!!!
On June 4th, 2010 at 14:30 UTC the first ever Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Space Launch Complex 40, Kennedy Space Center, Florida. Carrying the Dragon Spacecraft Qualification Unit this flight was designed to test not only the vehicle itself but also begin tests of the Dragon capsule. Oh yeah, and AWESOME names for the vehicles!
A compilation of highlights from the Falcon 9 Flight 1 Mission.
An hour after an abort, the Falcon 9 finally lifted off and successfully entered low Earth orbit.
Successful Liftoff Signals Spectacular Start To Grueling Test Program Friday, June 4th, 2010, is a not a day that ANN and Aero-TV are likely to forget... after an early morning flight down in our Cirrus to prep for our launch coverage and a long hot day of great expectations, SpaceX' mighty Falcon 9 roared to life at 1445 and entered the history books. Even SpaceX Founder Elon Musk only gave this first launch a 75% chance of success. In a conference call with reporters Thursday, about 24 hours before the scheduled launch, CEO Musk said commercial space exploration is "the only way forward." Musk said relying on massive government programs would require massive increases in the space budget, and "we'll never do anything interesting in space." SpaceX and NASA are in discussions concerning re-supply for the ISS, and Musk said that schedule has been moved up. The second Falcon 9 flight will be the first under the NASA COTS program. An empty Dragon capsule will be boosted to orbit on what is being called the "COTS 1" flight, but the plan for the "COTS 2" flight is now to carry non-critical cargo to the ISS. "COTS 3" is now on the schedule as a backup to COTS 2. Musk said that part of his optimism about Friday's test launch is that Falcon 9 shares many components with the smaller Falcon 1 rocket, but he re-iterated that first flights have about a 50-50 success rate. "The first successful Atlas flight was on flight 13," Musk said, "and the Atlas V is arguably now the most ...
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2010, June 04, SpaceX Falcon 9 made its first flight into space which was a successfull one. The payload was a mockup of Dragon spacecraft, which, in near future, will be delivering cargo to Internation Space Station.
SpaceX has launched it's first Falcon 9 rocket last friday, 4th of June.
SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Launches Story: www.staplenews.com
Falcon 9 Launch Gallery; 'Fantastic Day,' P–G Singularity and MoreUniverse TodayA Prandtl–Glauert singularity, or shock cone forms around the Falcon 9 rocket during launch. Credit: Alan Walters (awaltersphoto.com) for Universe Today. ...
First launch of SpaceX Falcon 9. Note how the rocket rolls immediately after launch before it clears the tower. Also note that second stage is in a moderate roll at the end of insertion burn. These are the only two anamolies I noted.
In HD or should I say... converted in HD lols
On June 4, 2010, SpaceX launched its first Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral. This rocket will eventually be used launch cargo and supplies to the International Space Station, launch heavy satellites, and maybe even astronauts.
A video I took showing a view of SpaceX's first flight of the Falcon 9 rocket from SLC-40 in Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
From the VAB roof, this is video I shot of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket's first launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on June 4, 2010. I was fortunate enough to have access to the roof of Kennedy Space Center's Vehicle Assembly Building from where I shot this video. This is one of two videos I took. This one is more tightly focused on the rocket and follows Falcon as it climbs into the sky on its way to space. Falcon-9, built by Space Exploration Technologies Corp., flew nearly perfectly. After a 9-minute trip to orbit, the rocket placed a summy mockup of the Dragona capsule spacecraft into low Earth orbit. The flight results were : nominal shutdown and orbit was almost exactly 250km. Telemetry showed essentially a bullseye: ~0.2% on perigee and ~1% on apogee. Go SpaceX! Go Falcon-9!
This is a "wide-angle" zoomed out view of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket's first launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on June 4, 2010. I was fortunate enough to have access to the roof of Kennedy Space Center's Vehicle Assembly Building from where I shot this video. This is one of two videos I took. This was taken with a motionless camera, zoomed out, looking at the launch pad as the Falcon vehicle lifted off. Falcon-9, built by Space Exploration Technologies Corp., flew nearly perfectly. After a 9-minute trip to orbit, the rocket placed a summy mockup of the Dragona capsule spacecraft into low Earth orbit. The flight results were : nominal shutdown and orbit was almost exactly 250km. Telemetry showed essentially a bullseye: ~0.2% on perigee and ~1% on apogee. Go SpaceX! Go Falcon-9!
THIS IS NOT THE BEST VIDEO BECAUSE WE WERE AT THE SOUTHEND OF THE BASE NEAR THE SPACE X LCC, THE PEOPLE YOU HEAR SCREAMING FOR JOY ARE THE SPACE X PAD WORKERS THAT CAME OUT OF THE LCC TO WATCH IT. CONGRATS SPACE X ON A MISSION COMPLETE!!!
The successful test flight of SpaceX's Falcon 9 on 4 June 2010, taking the spacecraft into orbit. The launch payload for this test flight was the aerodynamic test article for the Dragon cargo and crew module. Credit: SpaceX
Pictures: SpaceX Falcon 9 test launchFox 59Falcon 9 – the gleaming white, 180-foot-tall flagship rocket of commercial upstart SpaceX -- lifted off its launchpad at 2:45 pm, Friday, June 4, ...
Space Exploration Technologies' Falcon 9 test rocket was successfully launched at 2:45 pm EDT from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Launch Complex-40 on Friday, June 4. SpaceX says its Dragon spacecraft now is in orbit. A statement issued by NASA Administrator Charles Bolden says the launch "gives us even more confidence that a resupply vehicle will be available after the space shuttle fleet is retired."
Falcon 9 rocket lifts off
SpaceX launches its first private rocket from Cape Canaveral, serving as a symbol for future commercial space travel.
A multimillionaire's test rocket has blasted off on its maiden voyage.