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SpaceX shifts launch schedule, site
Posted: Wed, Jun 29, 2005, 8:10 AM ET (1210 GMT)
Falcon 1 engine test at VAFB (SpaceX) Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has shifted the first launch of its low-cost Falcon 1 small launch vehicle from California to the Pacific because of continuing delays with another launch vehicle. In a brief statement on the SpaceX web site, the company said the inaugural Falcon 1 launch, which had been planned for August from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, would be shifted to Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific. The company explained that Vandenberg range officials have required them to wait until a Titan 4 on another Vandenberg pad finally launches; that launch, which had been scheduled for July, has now been delayed until October or November. The Kwajalein launch, now planned for late September, will carry an Air Force Academy space science satellite, Falconsat-2, under a launch contract with DARPA. The payload for what was to be the first Falcon 1 launch, TacSat-1, will still launch from Vandenberg once the Titan 4 lifts off.
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