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Third Falcon 1 Launch May Be This Afternoon 76

ElonVonBraun writes "The web is abuzz with rumors that SpaceX will attempt its third rocket launch today. In the past two days, they have also done successful tests of their bigger, stronger rockets. When the launch does happen, sometime during this five-day window, there will be a webcast. Betting odds are that they will do it around 4PM PST."
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Third Falcon 1 Launch May Be This Afternoon

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  • Re:Rocket Science (Score:4, Insightful)

    by lordmundi (637779) on Saturday August 02, 2008 @11:04AM (#24447641)

    in the case of spacex, much of it is quite innovative... the entire approach is innovative (think new young guys with new ideas vs experienced retired nasa engineers helping companies design rockets)

    physically, they've built a new rocket engine from the ground up, which hasn't been done in a long time. They've also going with an approach in their falcon 9 which alows them to lose engines and still accomplish the mission, enhancing reliability.

    of course, the cost per pound launched into space is also dramatically lower.

    it is exciting in my mind because of their new ideas and approach.

  • Re:Rocket Science (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Nyeerrmm (940927) on Saturday August 02, 2008 @11:17AM (#24447763)
    I would say that their main innovations are business and engineering practices, rather than core technologies. Basically doing the old things with new computers and a focus on simplicity and efficiency (monetary, not fuel).

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