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Falcon 9 is now fully integrated at the Cape! [On Tuesday] we mated the 5.2 m payload fairing to the Falcon 9 first stage (see below). This was the final step in the integration process -- one day ahead of schedule.
With Falcon 9 integrated, our focus shifts to the big launch mount and erector. All the pieces have been delivered, and the coming days will see a tremendous amount of welding to join them all together.
The long hours put in by the SpaceX team over the last several weeks, particularly the folks on the ground at the Cape, are certainly paying off. Once the launch mount and erector are complete, we'll transfer Falcon 9 on to the erector and raise it to vertical early in 2009. Happy New Year!
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