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Space X Falcon 9 Reusable Rocket Gets First Full Length Test Firing (VIDEO)

10/06/2013 11:15 BST | Updated 19/06/2013 11:47 BST

This pretty awesome display of pyrotechnics is the latest in the successful testing of Space X's reusable Falcon 9 rocket.

Having already done a short ten second burst earlier this month, this was a full-duration, three-minute test firing.

Space X, founded by entrepreneur Elon Musk, aims to use the rocket for transporting astronauts in conjunction with Nasa.

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The test took place in McGregor, Texas

It is a two-stage rocket and uses both liquid oxygen and rocket-grade kerosene and generates 1.5 million pounds of thrust at altitude.

They are already the first private company to build, launch and recover a spacecraft and have also docked with the International Space Station (ISS) to deliver supplies.

Developments such as their Grasshopper rocket have the potential to drastically reduce the cost of space travel.

The company is also developing the Falcon Heavy launch system which will be the most powerful rocket in the world and has the potential to take humans to Mars.

Musk also has a few other projects in the pipeline including his rather mysterious Hyperloop Transit System.