Daily Archives: December 6th, 2010

Falcon 9 Static Fire 2 a Success

On December 3rd, 2010 SpaceX attempted a static fire test of all nine Falcon 9 engines on it’s second rocket with the first Dragon capsule to be launched December 7th, 2010. The first attempt was aborted because of excessive chamber pressure in one of the engines and in spite of the rapid recycling procedure the SpaceX launch crews are perfecting, another attempt was scrubbed. But on Saturday December 4th, a successful firing of all nine engines occurred and the rocket with the first operational Dragon capsule is cleared for it’s three day launch window, December 7 – 9, 2010.

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This is an important milestone for the COTS program that will resupply the International Space Station given that the Space Shuttle is having severe mechanical/safety issues, probably due to their age.

Not only that, NASA is once again gripped in political drama that keeps it from doing it’s mission, and the definition of that mission.