(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."
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.
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.
Common usage of Roman numerals ended in the 15th Century, after the fall of Constantinople!
There's no Falcon 1c either...
Because they are really Musk's rockets, his designation IS the official name.
Common usage of Roman numerals ended in the 15th Century, after the fall of Constantinople! - Ed Kyle
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".