Archive for April 30th, 2012


Falcon 9 hot engine test today was successful

April 30, 2012

Engine Hotfire Test, Falcon 9, COTS-2, 4/30/2012

The SpaceX team conducted a short hot fire test of the first stage engines today. The nine engines were ignited, run up to full thrust for two seconds, then shut down. The launch date of COTS-2 flight is now planned for May 7. (With a little luck, I may actually be there to see it!)

This would be cool if there wasn't a Dalek hanging upside down (is there such a thing in microgravity?) just behind the Dragon spacecraft...