SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket test flight today: First big test

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket test flight today: First big test

A crucial rocket launch for SpaceX is planned for today as it will be the first test launch of the Falcon 9 rocket. The maiden flight of the Falcon 9 is a big test for President Obama’s human spaceflight plans, and its scheduled to go ahead today at 11:00 am EDT at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

According to a report on Fox News by Leonard David, the rocket makers are stressing not to expect too much with the initial launch with SpaceX founder and CEO, Elon Musk, telling reporters, “ 100 percent success would be reaching orbit. Given that this is a test flight, whatever percentage of getting to orbit we achieve would still be considered a good day. If just the first stage functions correctly, it’s a good day. It’s a great day if both stages function.”

The liftoff of the two-stage booster from the private company would give credibility to Obama’s plans to use commercial companies for NASA space launches to the International Space Station, if it’s successful that is. If the launch is a failure then it will damage political support for the venture. A political scientist at the University of Central Florida, Roger Handberg, said, “For Obama, there’s a lot riding on it, as far as his credibility, because that’s his big option.”

However Tim Pickens, a commercial space advisor for Dynetics feels it’s not likely that the very first launch of the rocket will be successful straight away saying, “I don’t think a first-launch failure is the end of the world. This is the launch business…and I’m rooting for these talented guys.” For more on this go to We’d be interested in your thoughts on SpaceX and the Falcon 9 rocket and our fingers will be crossed for a successful maiden flight.

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