By Evan Ackerman
Happy Black Friday, here’s some rocket porn:
This is the first full mission duration test of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 (9 for 9 engines) launch vehicle. All together, the engines produced 855,000 pounds of thrust, and burned over half a million pounds of liquid oxygen and kerosene. The 9 engine configuration is robust and reliable, and the vehicle can still complete its mission even if it loses an engine after liftoff.
Pretty impressive for a commercial company, and they’re offering to put your satellite into low earth orbit for a mere $36.75 million.
[ SpaceX Falcon 9 ]