SpaceX conducts rocket-firing test; aims for Sunday launch
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX is aiming for a Sunday launch, its first since a summer accident grounded its Falcon line of rockets.
The company conducted a test-firing of its rocket at Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Friday. It took three days for SpaceX to complete the test. But in the end, chief executive Elon Musk said the engine firing appeared to go well and that, pending a review, a launch attempt would occur Sunday night.
SpaceX’s rockets have been grounded since one failed during liftoff in June. The accident occurred on a space station supply run for NASA. The upcoming flight will involve a satellite delivery for OrbComm. If it goes well, flights for NASA could resume in February.
The company will attempt, again, to land the spent first-stage booster.