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Checking engine of private carrier rocket were successful.. / March 16, 2010 /

Checking engine of private launcher Falcon-9 first-stage, was successful. It is reported portal Universe Today.

Engineers started all nine Merlin engines at 3,5 seconds, said Reuters. The test took place at the launch site in Florida. The first launch of a new booster rocket is scheduled for April 12, 2010.

This was already the second attempt to start the engines of the launch vehicle. The first test conducted on March 10, proved unsuccessful. Specialists stopped the countdown for 2 seconds before the scheduled start time. As later reported by the representatives of the company SpaceX, designed the Falcon-9, the cause of the abolition of launch failures in the system are pre-launch, which triggers the main engines.

SpaceX, along with another private company — Orbital Sciences — should be developed for the U.S. cargo spacecraft, which will provide the astronauts after the end of shuttle flights. On the creation of trucks from the U.S. budget has been allocated $ 50 million.

Cargo ship company called SpaceX Dragon. His first launch should take place from May to October 2010. SpaceX became the first private company that was able to launch a rocket into space. July 14, 2009 rocket light-duty Falcon 1 into space led Malaysian satellite Razaksat.

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