SpaceX: Falcon 9 Hardware Arrives At Cape Canaveral

Posted: Feb 11 2010, 10:04am CST | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 7:27pm CDT, in News | Technology News

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Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has just sent out a press release announcing that all flight hardware for the launch of the Falcon 9 has arrived at Space Launch Complex 40 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The next step in getting this thing ready for Space is full vehicle integration of the rocket.

SpaceX did not give an estimate of how long the expect that process to take. They did state that they expect to launch one to three months after completing integration. It seems like they are taking their time on this launch to make sure everything goes perfectly. This launch will only transport cargo, not crew, but the ship itself is capable of transporting crew.

The Falcon 9 and Dragon were chosen by NASA to handle resupply missions to the ISS when the shuttle retires. The first demonstration flights are expected to occur this year.

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