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SpaceX preparing to Static Fire Falcon 9 for Koreasat 5A mission

26 Oct 2017, 14:08 UTC
SpaceX preparing to Static Fire Falcon 9 for Koreasat 5A mission
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SpaceX is in the business end of the processing flow for its next mission with the launch of the Koreasat 5A satellite. The launch is scheduled to take place on October 30 from Kennedy Space Center’s 39A. The key milestone toward officially setting this launch date is the Static Fire test, which is currently set to take place within a long window that opens at midday on Thursday.
SpaceX Static Fire:
SpaceX is returning to launch action following the successful launch of the SES-11 satellite from 39A, as the company pushes forward with its increasing launch cadence.
One of the primary elements to ensure the rocket is ready to go for its upcoming missions is the Static Fire test.
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Also known as the Hot Fire test, the effort relates to ensuring that the pad’s fueling systems – and the launch vehicle – function properly in a fully operational environment, with numerous requirements to be successfully proven via such a test, such as the engine ignition and shut down commands, which have to operate as designed, and that the Merlin 1D engines perform properly during start-up.
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