Gearing up for their second Vandenberg flight in as many months, SpaceX is preparing to static fire the Falcon 9 that will lift an extremely light-weight Taiwanese satellite to orbit next week. The static fire, a key step in every Falcon 9 launch campaign, will pave the way for the launch of Formosat-5 on Thursday, 24 August at 11:50 PDT from SLC-4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA, ahead of a first stage landing on the ASDS “Just Read The Instructions”.
Static Fire and rearranged Western Range launch schedule:
With launch five days away, SpaceX is preparing to conduct the second-to-last critical step for the Falcon 9 ahead of its Thursday launch.
The Static Fire will see the Falcon 9 first and second stages undergo a launch countdown – complete with fueling of RP-1 kerosene and LOX (Liquid Oxygen) – that will culminate with a planned three-second firing of all nine Merlin 1D engines on the base of the first stage.
For this particular first stage, Core 1038 completed construction in Hawthorne, CA, and was transported under security escort by road to McGregor, Texas, where it was erected on the S1 test stand and put through a series of tests, ...