1, 2016, a Falcon 9 rocket on pad 40 at the nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station exploded in a spectacular fireball five minutes before a planned static firing
, destroying a $200 million communications satellite and heavily damaging the pad.
Major milestones in the process include structural tests, loads tests, igniter open air tests and motor static firing
The initial static firing
of a Low Cost Pintle Engine has encouraged officials that they are on the right track for creating a rocket that could account for a 50 to 75 percent savings in overall launch costs for liquid hydrogen booster engines.
Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA), a global provider of aerospace and defense technologies, has announced the successful completion of three consecutive ground-based static firings
of a tactical, air-launched high performance propellant rocket motor -- the first-ever and one of the largest of its class to be designed, built and static tested at hot and cold extreme conditions, the company said.