Space Exploration Technologies (Spacex) chief executive Elon Musk has announced a Falcon 9 launcher contract and denied the recent Falcon 1 rocket malfunction was a complete failure.

Canadian robotics and satellite company MDA has placed a contract for a 2008 launch on the yet-to-be-developed, larger-diameter Falcon 9.

The first launch of a Falcon 1 on 24 March failed 29s into the flight because of a fuel leak fire-triggered shutdown (Flight International, 4-10 April). “It would be ludicrous to refer to it as a complete failure,” says Musk.


Source: Flight International