Normally, they say third time is the charm. For SpaceX, it was the fourth time that was the charm. Sunday’s launch was the first successful launch for the Falcon rocket. The launch was the smoothest of the attempted launches, according to SpaceX. The rocket carried a mock payload into orbit, where it will remain for five to ten years. SpaceX says that commercial launches will cost about eight million dollars, less if the first stage of the rocket can be reused.
The fifth flight, scheduled for early 2009, will carry it’s first paying customer’s satellite as well as a few smaller payloads.
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