Monday, June 1, 2009

SpaceX: new date for launch of Razaksat

SpaceX and Astronautic Technology of Malaysia have announce a new launch window hfor Falcon 1 Flight 5, carrying the RazakSAT satellite. The launch window opens Monday, July 13 through Tuesday, July 14, with a daily window to open at 2100 (UT).

The launch was delayed last month after SpaceX identified potential for unfavorable interaction between the satellite and the launch vehicle.

After further analysis, SpaceX determined implementation of a simple vibration isolation system would address this concern.

SpaceX selected the SoftRide isolation system from CSA Engineering for this purpose, citing the system's strong flight heritage and established success in addressing vibration concerns.

RazakSAT was designed and built by ATSB, a pioneer in design and manufacture of satellites in Malaysia. It is expected to provide high resolution images of Malaysia that can be applied to land management, resource development and conservation, forestry and fish migration.

SpaceX's Falcon 1 launch site is located approximately 2500 miles southwest of Hawaii on Omelek Island, part of the Reagan Test Site (RTS) on Kwajalein Atoll in the West Central Pacific.

SpaceX will provide live coverage of the Falcon 1 Flight 5/RazakSAT mission, via webcast at:, beginning 20 minutes prior to launch, and it will include mission briefings, live feeds and launch coverage from the launch site.

Post-launch, video footage and photos will be available for download on the same website.