SpaceX CRS-11 Static Fire Test At Kennedy Space Center In Florida. 

SpaceX CRS-11 Static Fire Test
SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket rocket fires its nine Merlin 1D engines Sunday. Credit: SpaceX

On Sunday May 28th, SpaceX conducted the CRS-11 static fire test of their Falcon 9 rocket that will send cargo and experiments to the International Space Station on June 1 at 5:55 PM. A static fire test is when the rocket company tests their systems before a launch. The rocket is strapped down so not to move and the rocket engines are lite and tested for a a few minutes. While SpaceX did this test the started a small brush fire that was contained by Kennedy Space Center Fire Rescue shortly after the fire started. The fire did not threaten any buildings nor did it threaten the rocket or CRS-11 mission set to launch later this week. 

SpaceX CRS-11 Static Fire Test
A helicopter drops water on a small brush fire near launch pad 39A sparked by Sunday’s Falcon 9 static fire test. Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

For more information about the CRS-11/SPX-11 resupply mission to the International Space Station read our article here. 

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