[extropy-chat] SpaceX launch attempt later today

Brian Atkins brian at posthuman.com
Mon Mar 19 06:06:34 UTC 2007

A year after their first launch failure, they are trying again. SpaceX is the 
"low cost" rocket company founded by one of the paypal guys, and they may very 
well be the ones who will be launching astronauts into space using their Dragon 
capsule concept when the space shuttle is mothballed soon.

The first launch attempt this time will be today beginning at 4pm Pacific time. 
There is going to be a webcast again:

"The flight readiness review conducted tonight shows all systems are go for a 
launch attempt at 4pm California time (11pm GMT) tomorrow (Monday). The webcast 
can be seen at http://spacex.com/webcast.php and will start at T-60 minutes. 
Please check back for updates, as the launch will be postponed if we have even 
the tiniest concern."

It's quite likely it won't go off on time as they have added hundreds of extra 
pre-launch checks to their countdown software.


Here's a forum thread discussing it:

Brian Atkins
Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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