SpaceX successfully tests Falcon 9 rocket booster

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POSTED: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 12:01pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 9:04pm

SpaceX successfully tested a full-mission firing of its Falcon 9 rocket booster in McGrgeor on Sunday.

The test lasted a full three minutes.

The company had warned residents of a possible test coming as early as Friday.

The booster consists of nine different Merlin 1D rocket engines and is designed to launch various spacecraft including the Grasshopper reusable-rocket prototype.

The entire three-minute test is meant to simulate the approximate time it takes to get to orbit.

SpaceX's McGregor testing facility is located 20 miles southwest of Waco.

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