Malaysia's RakazSAT makes its way to the Kwajalein Atoll for launch by SpaceX

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Nice update here today from SpaceX. Last year after a few failures (one outright failure, two partial failures but still failures nonetheless) they finally succeeded in sending the Falcon 1 into orbit, and thus they're being entrusted with the launching of a Malaysian satellite this time which has now been shipped to the Kwajalein Atoll where it will be launched into orbit. Here's where the island (Omelek) is located:


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It's a really cute place to send up a rocket.

The launch will take place on the 21st (20th in North America), so just a bit over five days from now. The update on SpaceX's page also has a lot of photographs of the preparations so be sure to take a look at them. If the launch succeeds it will be a landmark for the company as the last flight just had a dummy payload whereas this one is actually carrying out a service.

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