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Spacex Falcon Heavy launch delayed to 2015

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Posted in Science on 6th Mar, 2014 10:39 PM by AlexMuller

SpaceX founder, CEO and Chief Designer Elon Musk says the company's production schedule is too tight to support a test flight of the Falcon Heavy in 2014. With plans to compete with ULA for launches of heavier payloads, SpaceX is also preparing to test and qualify the new Falcon Heavy launch vehicle in 2015. 

 
“We need to find three additional cores that we could produce, send them through testing and then fly without disrupting our launch manifest,” Musk said in a Feb. 20 interview. “I'm hopeful we'll have Falcon Heavy cores produced approximately around the end of the year. But just to get through test and qualification, I think it's probably going to be sometime early next year when we launch.”
 
SpaceX says its Falcon 9 v1.1 medium-class launcher is expected to receive U.S. Air Force approval this year to compete against United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas 5 and Delta 4 rockets for launches of sensitive national security payloads. 
 
SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell says Falcon 9 certification is expected this year, "in time to compete for the first round" of Air Force contracts to be awarded in 2014 under the service's Evolved, Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-03-07
+1
It is wise to take time and make sure that all is in place for the Falcon test- they need to keep up their very good reputation Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-03-07
+2
Just recently the U.S. Air Force said SpaceX has completed the first of three missions needed to qualify for carrying military and intelligence satellites, which are generally bigger and more expensive than their commercial counterparts. SpaceX is doing great.
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-03-07
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SpaceX is working with many organizations and is their great and useful partner - NASA is a very good example. I believe that Air Force will benefit also Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-03-07
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Yes, Space X is doing great. Besides NASA contracts, SpaceX has signed contracts with private sector companies, non-American government agencies and the American military for its launch services Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-03-07
+1
SpaceX has great ambitions and is doing well. Elon Musk has said that he established SpaceX primarily to help humanity become a multiplanet species, and he hopes the company plays a prominent role in getting a Mars colony up and running. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-03-07
+0
Another important thing is that Spacex is to test reusable stage combustion raptor rocket engine this year. This is a methane-fueled engine and will be "a new trick" for SpaceX. Reply


 

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