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A Space Exploration Technologies passenger spaceship made a quick debut test flight on Wednesday, shooting itself off a Florida launchpad to demonstrate a key emergency escape system.

The 20-foot-tall (6-meter) Dragon capsule, a modified version of the spacecraft that flies cargo to the International Space Station, fired up its eight, side-mounted thruster engines at 9 a.m. EDT/1300 GMT to catapult nearly 1 mile (1.6 km) up and over the Atlantic Ocean.

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