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FIRE RETURNS TO FLAME TRENCH AT APOLLO-ERA LAUNCH PAD IN FLORIDA

FIRE RETURNS TO FLAME TRENCH AT APOLLO-ERA LAUNCH PAD IN FLORIDA Nine Merlin engines ignited and throttled up to nearly 2 million pounds of thrust Sunday during a brief hold-down firing of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket, sending a plume of smoke out of the flame trench at Kennedy Space Center’s historic launch pad 39A as the company preps for a space station cargo mission next weekend. The Merlin 1D engines on the rocket’s first stage were programmed to fire for about three-and-a-half seconds, reaching full power with around 1.7 million pounds of thrust as the Falcon 9 booster remained affixed to the seaside launch complex.   More



(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Feb 13)

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