Falcon 1 Launch #2


Well they made it and the 3rd attempt – I turned off after they aborted2sec  after ignition – cue some muttered industrial language but spacex managed to turn the rocket around and successfully launch in a round an hour which is very impressive – I was expecting that they would have to maintain the engine and be delayed days after an abortive launch like that.

The second stage did not  quite make it into orbit but as they say on their site

  The second stage didn’t achieve full orbital velocity, due to a roll excitation late in the burn, but that should be a comparatively easy fix once we examine the flight data.  Since it is impossible to ground test the second stage under the same conditions it would see in spaceflight, this anomaly was also something that would have been very hard to determine without a test launch. 

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