First Falcon 9 Launch Still Set for Friday

First Falcon 9 Launch Still Set for Friday

The first flight of the SpaceX Falcon 9 is still set for Friday a company spokeswoman, Emily Shanklin, said in an email tonight. The four-hour launch window opens at 11:00 am EDT. The next day has been reserved for a second attempt if needed. Weather is forecast to be 40% no go at this time, according to Shanklin.

Apparently hoping to dampen expectations for this much anticipated flight, the email emphasizes that the goal is to gather flight data and

“It would be a great day if we reached orbital velocity, but still a good day if the first stage functions correctly, even if the second stage malfunctions. It would be a bad day if something happens on the launch pad itself and we’re not able to gain any flight data.

“If we have a bad day, it will be disappointing, but one launch does not make or break SpaceX as a company, nor commercial spaceflight as an industry….”

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