Le lanceur Falcon 9 prend forme. Son assemblage vient de commencer sur le site de SpaceX à Cap Canaveral.
Le lancement devrait se faire d e1 à 3 mois aprés l'intégration complète de la fusée.
http://blog.seattlepi.com/aerospace/archives/194203.asp#extendedSpaceX assembling Falcon 9 rocket
Space Exploration Technologies (better known as SpaceX) has collected all flight hardware for the debut launch of the Falcon 9 rocket at its Cape Canaveral, Fla., launch site and started assembly, the company announced Thursday.
Final delivery included the Falcon 9 second stage, which recently completed testing at SpaceX's test facility in McGregor, Texas. The rocket is 154 feet tall and 12 feet in diameter, and will carry a demonstration unit of the Dragon spacecraft.
Following full integration, SpaceX will conduct a static firing to demonstrate flight readiness and confirm operation of ground control systems in preparation for actual launch.
"We expect to launch in one to three months after completing full vehicle integration," Brian Mosdell, director of Florida launch operations for SpaceX, said in a news release. "Our primary objective is a successful first launch and we are taking whatever time necessary to work through the data to our satisfaction before moving forward."
NASA has contracted SpaceX to haul cargo to the International Space Station on the Dragon starting this year. SpaceX said the Falcon 9 is "designed from the beginning to transport crew."