The second commercial launch on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket has been delayed three days until January 6 because an unspecified issue with the rocket’s fairing.


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The second commercial launch on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket has been delayed three days until January 6 because an unspecified issue with the rocket’s fairing.

It appears the company wants to do some additional inspections of the rocket, just to be sure all is well. They haven’t been more specific then this,

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  • wade

    if you are itching to see a launch of This caliber , look in NASA archives of a Titan Heavy Lift launch,circa 1962. that vehicle Had as much payload capabilities as the Saturn IV.

  • Patrick Ritchie

    Not sure which Titan you mean, but the Titan IIIC was first launched in 1965. It was the largest Titan launched in the 60s, with a mass to LEO of 29,000 lbs, just about the same as v1.1 of the Falcon 9.

    Impressive but still much less than the Saturn V (260,000lbs) or even the Saturn IB (46,000lbs)

    Still fun to watch these old videos though.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugYyI2WS5KA

  • Tom Billings

    Wade, The Titan III series was often compared to the Saturn 1b, but not to the non-existent Saturn IV, which never got to fly, because it was not powerful enough to get a crew to the Moon and back. The Titan IV did soldier on into the 1990s, and was often compared to the lift capabilities of the Shuttle.

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