Falcon 9 Test Fire
Deep in the heart of Texas – a big step on the road to sending privately built spacecraft to the International Space Station.
Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, ran a full duration test of the second stage motor for its Falcon 9 rocket. Looks good to me – lots of noise, fire and smoke – and the company confirms the motor did pass the test.
Now they can start packing it up and shipping it off to Cape Canaveral. SpaceX founder Elon Musk says the test launch will happen there one to two months after the motor is delivered. The company has a 1.5 billion dollar NASA contract to build a spacecraft that can deliver cargo to the station. Takes the Fed out of Fed-ex I suppose…