Space X to launch Falcon 9 at 15:00 UT today

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(…) “On the rocket will be their qualification version of the Dragon payload capsule. This allows them to test both the rocket and the capsule simultaneously. ”
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    12 Responses to Space X to launch Falcon 9 at 15:00 UT today

    1. www.spacex.com/webcast.php

      Posted June 04, 2010 11:55 Pacific Time

      On behalf of everyone here at SpaceX, we thank you for joining us!

      Posted June 04, 2010 11:54 Pacific Time

      We want to extend special thanks to our long time supporters, and our NASA, Government, and Commercial customers. Also, special thanks to the United States Air Force and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station for their excellent, ongoing support.

      Posted June 04, 2010 11:54 Pacific Time

      T+ 00:09:34 Please continue to check SpaceX.com for additional flight information, including photos and videos as they become available!

      Posted June 04, 2010 11:54 Pacific Time

      T+ 00:09:04 Falcon 9 has achieved Earth Orbit!

      Posted June 04, 2010 11:54 Pacific Time

      T+ 00:08:50 Second Stage Engine Shut-Down

      Posted June 04, 2010 11:50 Pacific Time

      T+ 00:05:35 As expected, the radiatively cooled expansion nozzle of the engine is glowing red hot. This operates like our Falcon 1 vehicle, but larger.

      Posted June 04, 2010 11:48 Pacific Time

      T+ 00:03:34 Second Stage Ignition

      Posted June 04, 2010 11:48 Pacific Time

      T+ 00:03:06 Stages have separated

      Posted June 04, 2010 11:47 Pacific Time

      T+ 00:01:56 Plume behind the vehicle is expanding as the atmosphere thins, as expected

      Posted June 04, 2010 11:46 Pacific Time

      T+ 00:01:13 Falcon 9 is approaching maximum dynamic pressure (Max Q)

      Posted June 04, 2010 11:45 Pacific Time

      T+ 00:00:06 Liftoff!

      Posted June 04, 2010 11:31 Pacific Time

      T- 00:13:35 Mission Control has reset the countdown clock to T minus 15 for another attempt.

      Posted June 04, 2010 11:31 Pacific Time

      T- 00:13:45 Everything looks fine for a reset and to try again.

      Posted June 04, 2010 11:31 Pacific Time

      T- 00:13:56 Everything looks fine for a reset and to try again.

      Posted June 04, 2010 10:58 Pacific Time

      Stand by for a new T-zero time from Mission Control.

      Posted June 04, 2010 10:57 Pacific Time

      We still have time in today’s launch window for another attempt.

      Posted June 04, 2010 10:57 Pacific Time

      We are hearing from Mission Control that the pad abort involved an out-of-limit startup parameter.

      Posted June 04, 2010 10:30 Pacific Time

      It looks as if we may have experienced a shutdown condition just after ignition. In these situations the vehicle puts itself into “safe mode”. There may be the chance to “recycle” the count and try again.

      Posted June 04, 2010 10:21 Pacific Time

      T- 00:09:09 Rocket Fuel RP-1 kerosene and liquid oxygen is loaded.

      Posted June 04, 2010 10:20 Pacific Time

      T- 00:09:13 Dragon spacecraft qualification unit is ready.

      Posted June 04, 2010 10:20 Pacific Time

      T- 00:09:19 Weather status: good

      Posted June 04, 2010 10:20 Pacific Time

      T- 00:09:24 Range status: good

      Posted June 04, 2010 10:18 Pacific Time

      T- 00:11:36 Liftoff time now targeted for 1:30 PM Eastern / 10:30 AM Pacific / 1730 UTC.

      Posted June 04, 2010 09:55 Pacific Time

      T+ 01:58:15 We will keep you posted.

      Posted June 04, 2010 09:55 Pacific Time

      Weather looks good.

      Posted June 04, 2010 09:54 Pacific Time

      Currently the range is holding for a concern about the downrange clear zone.

      Posted June 04, 2010 09:36 Pacific Time

      T+ 01:47:27 Waiting for new T-0 time.

      Posted June 04, 2010 09:35 Pacific Time

      T+ 01:47:11 Weather status: Good

      Posted June 04, 2010 09:35 Pacific Time

      T+ 01:46:43 We are still on a hold condition

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      • Sorry, people…
        This is important:

        Posted June 04, 2010 11:45 Pacific Time
        T+ 00:00:06 Liftoff!

        Posted June 04, 2010 11:54 Pacific Time
        T+ 00:09:04 Falcon 9 has achieved Earth Orbit!

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    2. [UPDATE 19:30 UT): SUCCESS! SpaceX successfully launched the Falcon 9, and the Dragon capsule is now in orbit. We’re awaiting the orbital numbers right now (velocity, height, ellipticity, etc). There was a tense time there for a while when they initially had an abort with just six seconds left. But they reset, and launched the bird. A huge CONGRATS to SpaceX for opening a new door on the space age.]
      blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2010/06/04/space-x-to-launch-falcon-9-at-1500-ut-today/

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    3. Uptade:
      Atkinson can go shove Falcon 9 up his ass.

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    4. I can make it to orbit and I don’t even need a rocket…Just $20 and a guy with a mullet named G-Money who lives in a trailer. He always tells me that it’d be okay if I wanted to hit his old lady…But I never am quite sure if that involves my genitals or my fist, so I politely opt out and sneak out past the rusting Camero and the 3 kids in the yard who all seem to be of a different ethnic mix than one another but all call G-Money daddy.

      Oh wait, we were talking about rockets…Yeah rockets…3,2,1 BLAST OFF!

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    5. i watched the live stream- pretty cool stuff.

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