SpaceX Completes Full Length Test

Big Falcon Test Stand Credit : SpaceX

Big Falcon Test Stand
Credit : SpaceX

SpaceX has completed a full length mission test burn of the Falcon 9 V1.1 first stage at its rocket development facility in McGregor, Tx.  This most recent test, which according to the Waco Trib took  place at approximately 7:41 p.m.  Sunday evening, was confirmed by twitter post from Elon Musk, who congratulated his team for overcoming a number of difficulties. 

The first flight launch for the new and improved Falcon 9 v1.1 is currently scheduled for September 5th out of Vandenberg, Ca.  It will carry MDA Corporation’s CASSIOPE satellite, a comparatively small satellite which is intended as a test bed for several  different applications including ePOP, (enhanced polar outflow probe) designed to study the ionosphere, with a suite of instrument, as well as Cascade,  a point to point space based digital file transfer capability.

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