Firefly Aerospace rocket engine test ends in fire (video)

Space.com | 1/24/2020 | Tariq Malik
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Firefly Aerospace is opening up about a fire that broke out during a recent rocket engine test, releasing video of the event as the company investigates the failure's cause.

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The fire occurred Wednesday (Jan. 22) during a "hot-fire" test of Firefly's Alpha rocket, a booster designed for small satellite launches. The exercise at Firefly's proving grounds in Briggs, Texas was designed to test the Alpha's four first-stage Reaver engines with a short 5-second firing.

Firefly Aerospace's video of the hot-fire, which it released on Twitter Thursday (Jan. 23), shows a fire erupting from the left of the view as the engine test began.

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"At 6:23 pm local time, the stage's engines were fired, and a fire broke out in the engine bay at the base of the rocket's stage," Firefly representatives wrote in a statement. "The 5-second test was immediately aborted and the test facility’s fire suppression system extinguished the fire."

No one was injured by the fire and Firefly employees and the public were never in danger, the company said. The Alpha rocket stage and the test stand also remain in intact, they added.

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"Firefly is coordinating closely with local authorities and emergency response personnel...
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