Number four seems to have done the job for SpaceX as their fourth Falcon 1 launch attempt was a success and became the first privately developed space launch vehicle to reach orbit.

The data showed they achieved a super precise orbit insertion — middle of the bullseye — and then went on to coast and restart the second stage, which was icing on the cake.

The next Falcon 1 launch will carry RazakSat into orbit for Malaysia in Dec or Jan of 2009.

If that launch is successful, the larger Falcon 9 rocket will take flight Cape Canaveral, FL for the first time sometime in Q2 2009.

Video after the break.

“Fourth time’s a charm” For SpaceX
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