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Friday 23 February 2018

SpaceX aims for new rocket launch

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket (SpaceX/PA)
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket (SpaceX/PA)

SpaceX is firing up for a Sunday launch - its first since a summer accident grounded its Falcon line of rockets.

The company completed a test-firing of its rocket at Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Friday, which took three days.

But in the end, chief executive Elon Musk said the engine firing appeared to go well and, pending a review, a launch attempt would happen tomorrow night local time.

SpaceX's rockets have been grounded since one failed during lift-off in June on a space station supply run for Nasa.

The latest flight will involve a satellite delivery for OrbComm and if it goes well, flights for Nasa could resume in February.

The company will again attempt to land the spent first-stage booster.

Press Association

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