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Starchaser: Engine blew up

Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Mon Oct 10, 2005 12:52 am
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By Alan Boyle; The exposition’s last event was a test firing of Starchaser Industries’ Churchill rocket engine. At the end of the countdown, orange flames blasted horizontally out of the engine — and then, with a muffled boom, the engine itself blew up, setting the surrounding grass on fire.

The crowd was never in danger: Starchaser’s rocket firing, like the day’s other potentially hazardous events, was staged hundreds of yards away from the viewing area, with fire engines at the ready. Firefighters quickly put out the flames — allowing Steve Bennett, Starchaser’s chief executive officer, to joke about the turn of events.

“We wanted to do a grand finale for the X Prize Cup,” he told the crowd, “so we thought we’d blow our engine up.” More info at MSNBC.com

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