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Posted by: Klaus Schmidt - Thu Mar 27, 2008 9:05 pm
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Post SFS News: SpaceX Conducts First Three-Engine Firing Of ...   Posted on: Thu Mar 27, 2008 9:05 pm
McGregor TX, (SpaceX) – Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) conducted the first three-engine firing of its Falcon 9 medium to heavy lift rocket at its Texas Test Facility outside McGregor, on March 8, 2008. At full power the engines generated over 270,000 pounds of force, and consumed 1,050 lbs of fuel and liquid oxygen per second. This three-engine test again sets the record as the most powerful test yet on the towering 235-foot tall test stand. A total of nine Merlin 1C engines will power the Falcon 9 rocket.

The test series continues with the addition of two engines for a total of five, then finally the full complement of nine engines. With all engines firing, the Falcon 9 can generate over one million pounds of thrust in vacuum - four times the maximum thrust of a 747 aircraft.

“The incremental approach to testing allows us to closely observe how each additional engine influences the entire system,â€


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Post    Posted on: Thu Mar 27, 2008 11:51 pm
Wooo, fireworks! Keep 'em coming, SpaceX :)


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Post    Posted on: Fri Mar 28, 2008 2:25 pm
wow, nineteen days between testing and news of the testing. I would have thought there would have been enough excitement at SpaceX that the announcement would have happened the next day.
Now i wonder if they have already done the 5 engine test, but will wait 2 or 3 weeks to tell us about it.
KEEP 'EM COMIN' !


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