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SpaceX Picks Launch Date for New Rocket's Debut

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Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has requested a Feb. 2 launch date for the maiden flight of its new Falcon 9 rocket, according to a recent launch range forecast issued by the U.S. Air Force's 45th Space Wing.

The Hawthorne, Calif.-based SpaceX said in early October that it expects to deliver Falcon 9 flight hardware to the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., launch facility in November and then launch one to three months later. Falcon 9's debut originally was planned for 2007 but development of the rocket — along with that of its smaller sibling, the Falcon 1 — has taken longer than SpaceX expected. 

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