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Video Friday: SpaceX Rocket Test

Video Friday: SpaceX Rocket Test

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 ]