SpaceX to Launch Razaksat in Mid-July

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SpaceX's Falcon 1 rocket takes off on first successful flight.

SpaceX's Falcon 1 rocket takes off on first successful flight.

SpaceX’s launch of Malaysia’s Razaksat remote sensing satellite has been rescheduled for mid-July, a two-month slip from its original April 21 launch date.

The Malaysian National News Agency Bernama quotes Fadillah Yusof, the nation’s Deputy Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, as saying that a mismatch in vibrational standards between the Falcon 1 launcher and the satellite caused the delay:

“The rocket, when they did the final test before the launch, was found to have extra vibration compared to the fixed specifications,” he told reporters after launching the 20th Invention, Innovation and Technology Exhibiton 2009 here Friday.

This will be the fifth launch for the Falcon 1, which has succeeded once in the previous four attempts.

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