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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

SpaceX Fires Multi-Engine Falcon 9

SpaceX performed a test-firing of its multi-engine Falcon 9 on January 18 at their test site in McGregor, TX. The test generated 180,000 lbs of thrust. According to Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX:

"No significant problems were encountered transitioning from single-engine testing in November, which suggests that we will be able to ramp up rapidly to a full complement of nine Merlin engines. Our propulsion and test team has done a remarkable job."

The first Falcon 9 is scheduled for delivery to the SpaceX launch site at Cape Canaveral (Complex 40) by the end of 2008. The first launch of the Falcon 9 is planned for late 2008.

SpaceX is one of the finalist in NASA's COTS program for ISS resupply after the shuttle is retired in 2010.

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