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SpaceVidcast Daily 19.10.09

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Space Exploration Technologies or 'SpaceX' has already flown their single engine rocket, the Falcon 1, successfully twice. Now it's time to move on to bigger and badder things: the rocket with 8 additional Merlin engines and aptly named Falcon 9. One of the biggest changes between the Falcon 1 and Falcon 9, besides the engines of course, is the use of Florida's Cape Canaveral as a launching location. Space Launch Complex 40 or SLC-40 was the old home of one of America's largest rockets -- the Titan 4. SLC-40's first launch was a Titan 3c rocket in 1965. The launch complex continued to deliver Titan rockets into space until the Air Force shut it down in April of 2005. Then in early 2007 the Air Force decided to lease the historic launching facility to SpaceX. Spring of 2008 is when renovations started on the SLC-40 including demolition of the old Mobile Service Structure, adding new liquid oxygen and kerosene tanks, as well as the construction of a rocket and payload preparation hangar. The first Falcon 9 rocket arrived at SLC-40 late last year and we're now only a couple of months away from having the inaugural Falcon 9 launch vehicle on the pad and ready to fly! The first launch date is a bit fliud right now depending on NASA's schedule, the weather, and how well the vehicle appears to be working. SpaceX does expect to launch between 1 and 3 months after they integrate the Falcon 9 at the tower. For more information and to continue the conversation visit spacevidcast.com. Join us live this Friday at 2am Coordinated Universal Time to chat with Apollo EECOM Sy Liebergot who was on console when the famous words "Houston, We've Had a Problem" were spoken. Remember to convert to your local time zone or check the web site for additional details.

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Duration: 2 minutes and 5 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: Benjamin Higginbotham
Director: Benjamin Higginbotham
Views: 90
Posted by: spacevidcaster on Oct 25, 2009

Space Exploration Technologies or ‘SpaceX’ has already flown their single engine rocket, the Falcon 1, successfully twice. Now it’s time to move on to bigger and badder things: the rocket with 8 additional Merlin engines and aptly named Falcon 9. One of the biggest changes between the Falcon 1 and Falcon 9, besides the engines, is the use of Florida’s Cape Canaveral as a launching location.

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