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http://sefspaceworks.com/?q=node/154

"Astronautic Technology Sdn Bhd is preparing to launch the RazakSAT small satellite by May of 2009 after several multi-year launch delays."

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« Last Edit: 07/13/2009 03:16 AM by Chris Bergin »

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Re: SpaceX Falcon I Launch V - May, 2009 (RazakSat)
« Reply #1 on: 03/02/2009 04:46 PM »
(Only an official announcement can kick off a launch thread! - Andy).

http://sefspaceworks.com/?q=node/154

"Astronautic Technology Sdn Bhd is preparing to launch the RazakSAT small satellite by May of 2009 after several multi-year launch delays."

ok how did you find that tidbit.. :)
good find...let count down begin..well sort of..lol
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Re: SpaceX Falcon I Launch V - May, 2009 (RazakSat)
« Reply #2 on: 03/02/2009 04:54 PM »
Technically, they are targeting an April launch and May at the latest. Still, it's kind of early to be talking about the launch yet.

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Re: SpaceX Falcon I Launch V - May, 2009 (RazakSat)
« Reply #3 on: 03/03/2009 11:45 AM »
Well, I would say that 8-10 weeks is close enough to be seriously talking about launch coverage ;)

Of course, this is really the one that Space-X needs to get right this year.  If Falcon-1 doesn't perform, then they might be set back years because of the loss of customers.
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Re: SpaceX Falcon I Launch V - May, 2009 (RazakSat)
« Reply #4 on: 03/03/2009 12:26 PM »
RazakSat overview

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The objectives of the project are to provide high-resolution images for Malaysia and build Malaysian space technology capabilities through ATSBŪ. In order to meet the technology objective, a cost-effective high resolution imaging system for Earth observation specifically for a small satellite less than 200 kg was implemented. RazakSATŪ carries the Medium-sized Aperture Camera (MAC) that will provide 2.5m resolution panchromatic and 5.0m resolution multi-spectral images. This project involves the design, development, launch and operations of the satellite.

http://www.atsb.my/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=86&Itemid=104

Also of note is that according to the launch manifest, this is the last launch of a Falcon 1(c), the Falcon 1e will replace it on the next launch.
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Re: SpaceX Falcon I Launch V - May, 2009 (RazakSat)
« Reply #5 on: 03/03/2009 12:30 PM »
Secondary payloads will be the CubeSAT and InnoSAT Cubesats. There was also some talk of a US Government nanosat at one point, but that seems to have subsided. I'm pretty sure they're not going to fly the 19-cubesat mission which was manifested back in 2006.

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Re: SpaceX Falcon I Launch V - May, 2009 (RazakSat)
« Reply #6 on: 03/03/2009 12:33 PM »
Of course, this is really the one that Space-X needs to get right this year.  If Falcon-1 doesn't perform, then they might be set back years because of the loss of customers.

They've got a lot more riding on F9 than F1, but if it fails it certainly won't help their reputation.

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Re: SpaceX Falcon I Launch V - May, 2009 (RazakSat)
« Reply #7 on: 03/03/2009 03:01 PM »
Re: The thread title. 

It is "Falcon 1", not "Falcon I", per SpaceX.

And "Launch V"?  SpaceX identified the most recent launch "Flight 4". 

Common usage of Roman numerals ended in the 15th Century, after the fall of Constantinople!

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Re: SpaceX Falcon I Launch V - May, 2009 (RazakSat)
« Reply #8 on: 03/03/2009 04:01 PM »
Common usage of Roman numerals ended in the 15th Century, after the fall of Constantinople!

Ha! Tell that to NASA!  ;D ;D ;D (Ares V anyone?) And Boeing... And LM...
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Re: SpaceX Falcon 1c Launch 5 - May, 2009 (RazakSat)
« Reply #9 on: 03/03/2009 04:03 PM »
There's no Falcon 1c either...

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 1c Launch 5 - May, 2009 (RazakSat)
« Reply #10 on: 03/03/2009 04:10 PM »
Falcon IX ?...............
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Re: SpaceX Falcon 1c Launch 5 - May, 2009 (RazakSat)
« Reply #11 on: 03/03/2009 06:14 PM »
SpaceX calls it Falcon 9.   And this version of Falcon 1, is just, Falcon 1.  1C is the current version of the Merlin booster engines.
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Re: SpaceX Falcon 1c Launch 5 - May, 2009 (RazakSat)
« Reply #12 on: 03/04/2009 05:16 AM »
There's no Falcon 1c either...

Because they are really Musk's rockets, his designation IS the official name. However, as he seems to be treating them like software, with major and minor updates at least as fast as he launches them, some nomenclature for keeping track of the hardware is helpful, even if it is unofficial.  Calling a Falcon 1 with a Merlin 1c engine a Falcon 1c sounds useful to me, especially to differentiate it from the upcoming Falcon 1e.

Whatever we call it, it will be good to see some new hardware photos.     
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Re: SpaceX Falcon 1c Launch 5 - May, 2009 (RazakSat)
« Reply #13 on: 03/04/2009 07:38 AM »
Because they are really Musk's rockets, his designation IS the official name.

Which is precisely why we should stick with official names. We don't rename other rockets at will either. The notion that calling it Falcon 1c is useful falls apart because the Falcon 1e also uses Merlin 1c so they are identical in this regard. By this reasoning both should be called Falcon 1c.

We might as well call it Daffy Duck then.
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Re: SpaceX Falcon I Launch V - May, 2009 (RazakSat)
« Reply #14 on: 03/04/2009 08:38 AM »

Of course, this is really the one that Space-X needs to get right this year.  If Falcon-1 doesn't perform, then they might be set back years because of the loss of customers.

No, I don't think so. Still, a 4th failure out of 5 launches will be hard to spin, especially considering that they now claim to have an "operational" rocket. Also, there are no other Falcon 1 launches planned in 2009, so it's a different situation from last year when they could just focus everybody on the next launch a couple of months later.

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Re: SpaceX Falcon I Launch V - May, 2009 (RazakSat)
« Reply #15 on: 03/04/2009 12:29 PM »
Common usage of Roman numerals ended in the 15th Century, after the fall of Constantinople!

 - Ed Kyle

And almost all of the rest of the world uses the Metric system. (note tag line)

I don't like roman numerals either.  If we could agree to read the roman numerals (i.e. Eye-Ex instead of IX) then we would stop using them in minutes as everyone heard how bizarre it is.

Regarding the upcoming Falcon-1 launch.  They have the highest likelyhood of success of the 5 launches because they have had success and probably the least amount of changes between flights.

If it flies successfully it helps them build confidence and reputation.  And maybe some future customer orders for the Falcon 1.

Good luck SpaceX.

Excited to be finally into the first Falcon Heavy flow, we are getting so close!

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 1c Launch 5 - May, 2009 (RazakSat)
« Reply #16 on: 03/04/2009 01:13 PM »
You have a typo in your tag line ...

While we are at it, I have always have had a problem using mythical roman/greek names to designate american rockets. For american rockets why not something like "John Henry" or "Paul Bunyan" for a heavy lift. This is one thing I feel spaceX has gotten right, Falcon is a good name... As for Merlin and Dragon, well we can quible. He should change them to something like "Rude Goldberg" and "Covered Wagon". Or "Edison" and "Johnny Appleseed".
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Re: SpaceX Falcon 1c Launch 5 - May, 2009 (RazakSat)
« Reply #17 on: 03/04/2009 01:25 PM »
WRT to Roman Numerals, Excel can convert Arabic to Roman and do calculations in them.

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 1c Launch 5 - May, 2009 (RazakSat)
« Reply #18 on: 03/04/2009 03:50 PM »
"Covered Wagon".


I like the idea of American mythology (what there is of it) as a rocket name, but I don't think anyone wants to name an LV something close to Connestoga, now. :D
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Re: SpaceX Falcon 1c Launch 5 - May, 2009 (RazakSat)
« Reply #19 on: 03/04/2009 05:06 PM »
While we are at it, I have always have had a problem using mythical roman/greek names to designate american rockets. For american rockets why not something like "John Henry" or "Paul Bunyan" for a heavy lift. This is one thing I feel spaceX has gotten right, Falcon is a good name... As for Merlin and Dragon, well we can quible. He should change them to something like "Rude Goldberg" and "Covered Wagon". Or "Edison" and "Johnny Appleseed".


Bird names (Eagle, Falcon, Hawk) seem appropriate, until you get to Albatross.  ;)  Falcon is a real bird type.  Dragon can be a mythical "bird" if it has wings.

Star or constellation names (Cygnus, Draco, Hercules, Orion, Pegasus, Taurus, etc.) would seem to offer an abundant set of naming options.  http://www.naic.edu/~gibson/starnames/starnames.lst

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