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Uploaded on Jun 4, 2010
From the VAB roof, this is video I shot of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket's first launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on June 4, 2010. I was fortunate enough to have access to the roof of Kennedy Space Center's Vehicle Assembly Building from where I shot this video. This is one of two videos I took. This one is more tightly focused on the rocket and follows Falcon as it climbs into the sky on its way to space.
Falcon-9, built by Space Exploration Technologies Corp., flew nearly perfectly. After a 9-minute trip to orbit, the rocket placed a summy mockup of the Dragona capsule spacecraft into low Earth orbit. The flight results were : nominal shutdown and orbit was almost exactly 250km. Telemetry showed essentially a bullseye: ~0.2% on perigee and ~1% on apogee.