Saturday, January 16, 2016

SpaceX just tested the engines on the Falcon 9 rocket it landed in December

Yesterday, SpaceX re-ignited the engines on the Falcon 9 rocket the company famously launched and then landed in December. The idea was to see if the rocket's first stage booster is in suitable condition to fly again after its trip to and from space. CEO Elon Musk said that overall, data from the test looks good, but one of the outer engines showed "thrust fluctuations" — without going into detail about what that means. Musk said it's possible there is some debris inside the engine, and the company will investigate more closely.

Maybe some debris ingestion. Engine data looks ok. Will borescope tonight. This is one of the outer engines.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 16, 2016

Musk has noted that this particular Falcon 9 won't...

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