Space X conducts nine engine test

Space X conducts nine engine test

Space X conducts nine engine test

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Aug. 2 2008 9:50 AM

Space X conducts nine engine test

The private company Space X just passed a major milestone: a successful nine-engine firing of its Merlin engines. This cluster of engines will be what they use to launch the Falcon 9 rocket into orbit, so this test is a big deal. They fired the engines on July 30, and again on August 1.

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The video is pretty frakkin' awesome. Make sure your speakers are turned up.

This is great news; the Falcon 9 is a beefy rocket capable of lofting 11 tons to low-Earth orbit. A Falcon 1, a smaller but still capable rocket, is due to launch sometime soon, but I'm still not sure when. More on that when I find out.