Feeds

SpaceX erects Phallus Falcon 9 rocket

All systems go

Build a business case: developing custom apps

SpaceX successfully raised its first Falcon 9 rocket to vertical Saturday evening at the US Air Force launch complex in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

We think you'll agree it's quite a sight to behold.

I don't know sir, but it looks like a giant...

Dick, take a look out the starboard side! (Images courtesy SpaceX.)

The rocket was erected for the sake of experimentation this time — as any young space agency is wont to do. Falcon 9 won't actually penetrate Earth's atmosphere until later this year, when it will carry the reusable Dragon spacecraft for three five-hour demo flights.

Later in 2010, Dragon will test coupling with the International Space Station, although it won't actually be carrying cargo.

SpaceX says it took only 30 minutes to get the 17 foot diameter, 180 foot long rocket to stand stiffly at attention after mating the craft with a transporter erector system. That's a big improvement over older rockets which need considerably more time and effort to get up.

"We encountered no show-stoppers or significant delays. I am highly confident that we will achieve our goals of being able to go from hanger to liftoff in under 60 minutes, which will be a big leap forward in capability compared with the days to weeks required to other launch vehicles," sated Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX.

SpaceX was a winner of the NASA Commercial Orbital Transportation Services competition designed to fill the gap in the US launching giant phalluses into space when the Shuttle fleet is retired in 2010. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Boffins attempt to prove the UNIVERSE IS JUST A HOLOGRAM
Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?
Our LOHAN spaceplane ballocket Kickstarter climbs through £8000
Through 25 per cent but more is needed: Get your UNIQUE rewards!
China building SUPERSONIC SUBMARINE that travels in a BUBBLE
Shanghai to San Fran in two hours would be a trick, though
LOHAN tunes into ultra long range radio
And verily, Vultures shall speak status unto distant receivers
SpaceX prototype rocket EXPLODES over Texas. 'Tricky' biz, says Elon Musk
No injuries or near injuries. Flight stayed in designated area
Galileo, Galileo! Galileo, Galileo! Galileo fit to go. Magnifico
I'm just a poor boy, nobody loves me. But at least I can find my way with ESA GPS by 2017
EOS, Lockheed to track space junk from Oz
WA facility gets laser-eyes out of the fog
prev story

Whitepapers

Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Backing up distributed data
Eliminating the redundant use of bandwidth and storage capacity and application consolidation in the modern data center.
The essential guide to IT transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIOs automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.