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Test of new SpaceX rocket called off 1.3 seconds before launch

A test of a new SpaceX rocket prototype had to be called off Tuesday just 1.3 seconds before lift-off due to an engine problem.

New York, 9 December 2020 (dpa/MIA) – A test of a new SpaceX rocket prototype had to be called off Tuesday just 1.3 seconds before lift-off due to an engine problem.

“Raptor auto-abort at T-1 second,” SpaceX tweeted.

The test of the Starship prototype with the serial number 8 will go ahead in the coming days.

The aim of the experiments is to test individual elements of the new rocket.

According to plans by SpaceX boss Elon Musk, Starship will someday transport cargo and people to the moon and Mars.

The cancellation on Tuesday was triggered by the automatic shutdown of the rocket’s engine, SpaceX said.

Musk wants to make Starship completely reusable. In the current Falcon rockets from SpaceX, only some of the stages that land back on earth to be used again.

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