Another Falcon I Delay?

I have a few SpaceX related things I wanted to post today. First off, I just read from one source that the Falcon I flight was getting delayed again. It appears that the flight being delayed till February is the second flight (the one launching from Vandenburg maybe?), not the first one. It isn’t readily clear from the article how long the first Falcon I flight is being delayed (though obviously it will happen before the February flight), if it is being delayed at all. It also isn’t clear if the engine test problem mentioned in the article was the failure a month or two ago, or if it was from the test over the weekend. It may turn out that the Omelek Island launch may still go off this year, but I don’t know one way or another.

There isn’t any news about this yet on SpaceX’s site, but since it’s Elon who usually posts such updates, I wouldn’t fault him for focusing more on the problem at hand than at keeping us in the peanut-gallery up to date. If anyone has any additional info, I’d be interested to hear it.

[Update (2pm PST): According to Clark Lindsey, the Omelek Island launch is still on for Thanksgiving weekend, the delay was for the second launch, which will be occuring at Vandenburg in February. From other sources, I hear that the reason why it is February and not sooner has more to do with range issues than the rocket. So in other words, due to the previous testing problem (back a month or two ago), the first flight slipped till the end of this month, and the second flight slipped far enough that the next range opportunity was in February. In other words…nothing really has changed from previous.]

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Jonathan Goff

Jonathan Goff

President/CEO at Altius Space Machines
Jonathan Goff is a space technologist, inventor, and serial space entrepreneur who created the Selenian Boondocks blog. Jon was a co-founder of Masten Space Systems, and is the founder and CEO of Altius Space Machines, a space robotics startup in Broomfield, CO. His family includes his wife, Tiffany, and five boys: Jarom (deceased), Jonathan, James, Peter, and Andrew. Jon has a BS in Manufacturing Engineering (1999) and an MS in Mechanical Engineering (2007) from Brigham Young University, and served an LDS proselytizing mission in Olongapo, Philippines from 2000-2002.
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3 Responses to Another Falcon I Delay?

  1. Michael Antoniewicz II says:

    No, but from a marketing standpoint this has *got* to be making people think harder about using Vandenberg.

    Oh, not most of the government users, its been this way since the first time there was more then one launcher setting up at the same spaceport.

    But we’re moving into a time where launch customers are not going to be able to stand multiple week, month, or gods help us, year(s) of delay from a range or launcher issue.

    And as for the Responcive Space people (who have wet dreams of 24 hour *or less* on call launchers), they are fighting tooth, nail, and wallet to get reaction launches down to a week.

    So ‘range issues’ are starting to loom large to space use businesses, providers, and people.

  2. Dan Schrimpsher says:

    You probably already now this, but SpaceX is annoucing the launch date/time today.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Jon, i’m having some problems posting a comment on your company’s website. It appears that only if you post something, you can see the other comments. Is this some new antispam thing or is there another reason?

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