SpaceX is reporting a successful 2-second static fire of Falcon 9′s engines on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral. The test took place more than an hour later because of an aborted test firing. Engineers recycled the rocket and made a second successful attempt. They are now reviewing the test data to ensure that everything went well.
The static fire is a key milestone toward a planned May 7 launch of the rocket, which will send the Dragon freighter on a course for a rendezvous and berthing at the International Space Station.