Commercial Spaceflight And The Dawning Age of NewSpace

SpaceX engine test, launch date still TBD

CAPE CANAVERAL — SpaceX lifted a Falcon 9 rocket vertical on its launch pad Wednesday, but as of 10 p.m. there was no confirmation that its engines had fired in a test necessary to clear the way for a liftoff as soon as this weekend.

SpaceX did not comment on the planned “static fire” test at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station or its launch plans.

Last week, CEO Elon Musk said the company was aiming for a short test-firing of the rocket’s nine first-stage engines this Wednesday, and that a launch of commercial communications satellites for Orbcomm Inc. was possible “about three days later.”

It was not clear if the launch — SpaceX’s first in nearly six months — was still possible on Saturday even if the static fire did not occur Wednesday as hoped.

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