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SpaceX launches dummy in key test
SpaceX launches dummy in key test

Entrepreneur Elon Musk’s SpaceX blasted a test dummy a mile high early Wednesday in a crucial test of the company’s plan to carry humans to orbit. The capsule was launched from Florida’s Cape Canaveral at 6 a.m. Pacific. After  a flight of 90 seconds, the craft’s red-and-white parachutes deployed and it gently splashed down in the Atlantic. The short flight tested a system designed to save astronauts’ lives by allowing them to escape the launch pad in the event of an explosion or other failure during liftoff. The so-called launch abort system includes eight rocket engines built into the capsule’s walls that can blast the craft up and away from...

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