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The Mission




Rocket: Falcon 1
Mission: Flight 004
Payload: Mass simulator
Date: Sept. 28, 2008
Launch Window: 7:00 p.m. to 12 midnight EDT (2300-0400 GMT)
Site: Omelek Island, Kwajalein Atoll

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Two shuttles sighted

Stunning aerial views of shuttles Atlantis and Endeavour perched atop launch pads 39A and 39B on Sept. 20.

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Endeavour to pad 39B

Space shuttle Endeavour made the journey from Kennedy Space Center to pad 39B in the predawn hours of Sept. 19.

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Endeavour to the VAB

For its role as a rescue craft during the Hubble servicing mission and the scheduled November logistics run to the space station, Endeavour is moved to the Vehicle Assembly Building.

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Panoramas of the SpaceX factory

Spaceflight Now visited the headquarters of Space Exploration Technologies in Hawthorne, California on August 20. Technicians were busy readying the Falcon 1 rocket for its late-September launch on SpaceX's fourth flight. In addition, the fifth Falcon 1, a test article for the giant Falcon 9 first stage and a mockup of the Dragon capsule were seen.

Here we present a series of panoramas from the factory floor where SpaceX is preparing the next-generation of spaceflight.

Photo credit: Chris Miller/Spaceflight Now


The Falcon 1 rocket to fly SpaceX's fourth flight is seen here in the factory prior to shipment to the Kwajalein launch site. The first stage is displayed along with the second stage on the far right.
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Sitting alongside the fourth Falcon 1 rocket is the fifth vehicle seen in the early steps of construction.
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This is the test article for the Falcon 9 rocket's first stage that SpaceX has built.
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As seen from the opposite side, this is another view of the Falcon 9 hardware.
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A sweeping panorama shows the active factory floor at SpaceX.
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