This Day, That Year – September 28

This Day, That Year – September 28

This day in history we feature Falcon 1. SpaceX, an American aerospace manufacturer successfully launched Falcon 1 on this day 2008.

Trivia – Falcon 1

Falcon 1 was a small-lift launch vehicle that was operated from 2006 to 2009 by SpaceX. It became the first privately-developed fully liquid-fueled launch vehicle to go into orbit around the Earth. The two-stage-to-orbit rocket used LOX/RP-1 for both stages, the first powered by a single Merlin engine and the second powered by a single Kestrel engine. It was designed by SpaceX from the ground up.

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The vehicle was launched a total of five times. After three failed launch attempts, Falcon 1 achieved orbit on its fourth attempt in September 2008 with a mass simulator as a payload. On 14 July 2009, Falcon 1 made its second and final flight, successfully delivering the Malaysian RazakSAT satellite to orbit on SpaceX’s first commercial launch (fifth launch overall). Following this flight, the Falcon 1 was retired and succeeded by Falcon 9. SpaceX had announced an enhanced variant, the Falcon 1e, but development was stopped in favor of Falcon 9. 

Source – Wikipedia

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