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Falcon flies to space but misses orbit
Written by Gizmo   
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 07:25

Spaceflight Now

By Stephen Clark

The Falcon 1 rocket, a gleaming symbol of hopes to revolutionize space exploration through private industry, took its second shot at orbit Tuesday night but fell back to Earth after experiencing a problem mid-way through the ascent.

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A year after its maiden flight met a disastrous end, the SpaceX booster lifted off at 9:10 p.m. EDT (0110 GMT Wednesday) from a remote launch pad on Omelek Island, part of a U.S. Army base at Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

Controllers lost contact with the Falcon during the burn of the second stage that would have placed the rocket into orbit around Earth.

"We did encounter, late in the second stage burn, a roll-control anomaly," Elon Musk, founder and chief executive officer of Space Exploration Technologies Corp., said in a post-launch call with reporters.

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