Enhanced space shuttle solid rocket motor passes test firing: NASA

March 11, 2015 5:03 PM

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - A beefed-up space shuttle solid rocket motor passed a two-minute test firing in Utah on Wednesday, a key milestone toward the debut flight of NASA's deep-space launcher in 2018, the U.S. space agency said.

Anchored horizontally to a test stand in the desert in Promontory, Utah, the five-segment motor, built by Orbital ATK, ignited at 9:30 a.m. local time (1530 GMT).

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