You are here
SpaceX Completes Primary Structure of the Falcon 9 First Stage Tank
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mary Beth Brown
310-414-6555 ext. 222
El Segundo CA – April 11, 2007 – SpaceX completed the primary structure for the Falcon 9 first stage tank. This tank will be shipped to our Texas Test Facility for proof testing, integration of the propulsion system, and a full stage firing to occur later this year. Production of the second unit will begin early next month.
SpaceX has six Falcon 9 flights contracted. The first is a demonstration flight for a US government customer and is scheduled to lift off in Q3 2008. The sixth flight, scheduled for Q3 2009, carries our Dragon capsule and will demonstrate delivery of cargo to the ISS as part of the NASA COTS program. Details of the Falcon 9 manifest can be found at SpaceX.com.
SpaceX is developing a family of launch vehicles intended to reduce the cost and increase the reliability of both manned and unmanned space transportation ultimately by a factor of ten. With its Falcon line of launch vehicles, SpaceX is able to offer light (with the Falcon 1), medium and heavy lift capabilities (with the Falcon 9) to deliver spacecraft into any inclination and altitude, from low Earth orbit to geosynchronous orbit to planetary missions.
The Dragon spaceship is designed to transport up to seven astronauts, as well as both pressurized and unpressurized cargo, to Earth orbit and back. Dragon's universal docking adapter allows it to interface with all current ISS docking/berthing systems, as well as future systems under development.