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Upgraded Falcon 9 rocket engine explodes

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Engine for upgraded Falcon 9 rocket explodes on test stand


A Merlin engine designed for the version of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket that will carry astronauts into orbit for NASA failed during testing Saturday in Texas, but the company said its upcoming launches will not be affected by the mishap.

The test engine was set for a firing at SpaceX’s rocket development facility in McGregor, Texas, but it caught fire during a leak check before ignition. The engine was a modified version of the Merlin powerplant that powers both stages of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket.

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