[amsat-bb] Space-X test engines for HEO capable Falcon 9
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Sat Aug 2 02:03:34 PDT 2008
Hi all. - Thought this was interesting.......
McGregor TX – Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (_SpaceX_
(http://www.spacex.com/index.php) ) conducted the first nine engine firing of its _Falcon 9_
(http://www.spacex.com/falcon9.php) launch vehicle at its Texas Test Facility
outside McGregor on July 31st. A second firing on August 1st completed a
major NASA Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) milestone almost
two months early.
At full power, the nine engines consumed 3,200 lbs of fuel and liquid oxygen
per second, and generated 832,000 pounds of force (lbf) – four times the
maximum thrust of a 747 aircraft.
SpaceX is developing a family of launch vehicles intended to increase the
reliability and reduce the cost of both manned and unmanned space
transportation, ultimately by a factor of ten. With its Falcon line of launch vehicles,
powered by internally-developed _Merlin_
(http://www.spacex.com/falcon1.php#merlin_engine) engines, SpaceX offers light, medium and heavy lift capabilities
to deliver spacecraft into any altitude and inclination, from low-Earth
orbit to geosynchronous
Full report at. _http://www.spacex.com/press.php?page=44b_
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