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SpaceX Falcon 9 set for static fire as Falcon Heavy waits in the wings

10 Aug 2017, 11:26 UTC
SpaceX Falcon 9 set for static fire as Falcon Heavy waits in the wings
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SpaceX is preparing to conduct a Static Fire test on the Falcon 9 set to launch the CRS-12 Dragon to the International Space Station (ISS). A successful test on Wednesday will pave the way for a launch on Sunday, which will include another landing attempt on the LZ-1 landing pad that is already being prepared for the dual booster landing during the maiden Falcon Heavy mission.

Static Fire Test:
It’s been over a month since the last SpaceX launch, which is out of step with the company’s recently accelerated launch cadence.
The pause in the manifest was mainly due to maintenance tasks on the Eastern Range, although SpaceX had just come to the end of a four mission run, completed in the space of just over a one month period.
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Following some musical chairs on the schedule due to a delayed Atlas V mission with TDRS-M – which held priority on the Range under orders from NASA – SpaceX’s CRS-12 mission eventually settled on an August 13 launch target, with the Static Fire test aligning to Wednesday.
However, one further change was to come, as a minor processing issue ...

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