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SpaceX Preliminary Analysis

By Keith Cowing
NASA Watch
March 25, 2006

Preliminary SpaceX Internal Analysis of Falcon I Launch, SpaceX

“I am very encouraged and grateful that our launch customers took the time to call and express their support of SpaceX when their reaction could easily have been the opposite. We will stand by them as they have stood by us. SpaceX is in this for the long haul and, come hell or high water, we are going to make this work.”

Someone’s looking out for that satellite…, Kwajalein Atoll and Rockets

“The rocket impacted on a dead reef about 250 ft away from the launch pad, so most of it is recoverable for analysis. Amazingly, the satellite was thrown high into the air when the rocket impacted and came crashing down through the roof of our machine shop, landing mostly intact on the floor! One helluva’ return trip.”

Vanguard 1, National Air and Space Museum

“Vanguard 1, known as TV-3 before launch, was to have been placed in orbit on December 6, 1957. The satellite was recovered after the launch rocket malfunctioned almost immediately after ignition and crashed on the launchpad.”

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