Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Private rocket's engine test shutdown in abort

A privately funded rocket standing secured to a launch pad at Cape Canaveral incurred an engine abort on the pad as it began to test fire it's first stage engines.

Owned and operated by Space X, the Falcon 9 rocket's core stage engines were ignited and abruptly shutdown at T-5 seconds at 1:42 pm EST, from complex 40.

A brief flash of fire at the base of the rocket and little smoke was the only indication this reporter saw in real time due to the lack of information coming from Space X officials.

The team notified the Kennedy Space Center officials that a target time of 1:30 pm would be supported, however that time came and went without an ignition.

After weighing their options, the Space X launch team decided to scrub for the day and possibly try again on Wednesday.

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