|Falcon 9 Back on USAF Launch Schedule|
23 September 2009
After being removed from the USAF’s 45th Space Wing’s launch schedule for five months, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket is back on the board. The most recent 90-day range forecast released Tuesday has the rocket’s maiden launch planned for 29 November. Commercial space advocates say Falcon 9’s return to the Air Force manifest is a significant development that should demonstrate to critics that the promise of new rocket companies is real. The news arrived one week after several members of Congress cast doubt on the viability of commercial spaceflight as they defended NASA’s plans to replace the space shuttle.
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