Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) on July 14 test fired the core stage of the Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket that will be used to launch Canada’s Cassiope space weather satellite this September, a company spokeswoman confirmed.
“The recently tested booster is the first stage for SpaceX’s upcoming next-generation Falcon 9 demonstration flight for MDA and their Cassiope mission,” SpaceX spokeswoman Christina Ra said in a July 15 email. “The same updated design will apply to all Falcon 9 flights moving forward.”
The test lasted “for approximately three minutes”.
Spacex has 5 launches planned for 2013 (one already launched) and then shifts to about 12 launches per year in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
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