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SpaceX preparing Arabsat 6A Falcon Heavy for static fire

4 Apr 2019, 15:20 UTC
SpaceX preparing Arabsat 6A Falcon Heavy for static fire
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Over a year after its previous flight, SpaceX is readying the second Falcon Heavy for its static fire. This rocket – the first Block 5 Falcon Heavy – will launch Arabsat 6A to a Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO) from LC-39A. The static fire is set for Thursday, with the six hour window opening at 6pm local time.

Unlike that of the first Falcon Heavy, this specific rocket’s pre-launch schedule is much smoother. While the first rocket had several Wet Dress Rehearsals (WDRs) – involving fueling the tanks and readying the rocket, but not igniting the engines – this rocket only has its static fire test planned.
**NSF will be providing a live webcast for all visitors during the test window.**
The static fire test is essentially a WDR – with a quick test burn of the 27 Merlin 1D first stage engines added on to the end. Along with the Falcon Heavy, the Falcon 9 also performs a static fire of its own.
For the Falcon Heavy Demo mission, the rocket performed a 12-second static fire – over three times the regular time of Falcon 9’s. For this mission, it is unknown how long the burn will be.
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