Saturday, March 25, 2006
Failed launch of new rocket
The maiden flight of Falcon 1, the partially-reusable rocket developed by Space Exploration Corp, failed. According to the last information posted on the company's website (www.spacex.com), the 670-kg Falcon 1 managed to made it clear off the launchpad but was lost after the first stage burn. The rocket was tested off Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Is. in the Pacific. It was carrying a 20-kg satellite as payload, to be launched to a low-Earth orbit of 450 km.
SpaceX was founded by Elon Musk, who also founded PayPal.
Photo from SpaceX.com