The 3rd flight of SpaceX’s “Falcon 1″ rocket is scheduled to happen in about 30 minutes. This is the first customer cargo flight, and it’s carrying three pieces of equipment, including a satellite for the US Government.
Update @ 7:56p: It appears that the launch has been delayed for some reason. The chatter from Mission Control indicates that the rocket is currently being defueled. Not sure what’s going on.
Update @ 9:10p: The countdown has been reset to 51 minutes and has resumed!
Update @ 11:15p: The launch occurred and seemed to be going normally about thirty minutes ago when the live feed from the rocket suddenly cut out and the SpaceX webcast was abruptly halted with word that there “was an anomaly”. I’m afraid the rocket didn’t make it to orbit. That’s very unfortunate, but hopefully it will have provided some good data to the launch team so that whatever happened can be corrected for the next launch. Sorry guys.
Saturday, August 2nd, 2008