SpaceX successfully completes Falcon 9 static fire test


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SpaceX on Sunday successfully completed the launch dress rehearsal countdown and static fire test for its next Falcon 9 launch, which will loft a Dragon capsule to ISS and is set now for February 18.

The article at the link as well as a lot of other news organizations are making a big deal about the fact that this launch is taking place at the LC-39A launchpad, used during the Apollo program as well as by the shuttle. While the historic background is interesting, of more significance to me is that this test brings SpaceX closer to having two operational pads in Florida, one of which (LC-39A) is configured for Falcon Heavy launches.

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  • Tom Billings

    “While the historic background is interesting, of more significance to me is that this test brings SpaceX closer to having two operational pads in Florida, …”

    Yes, but writing about the past is less risky than writing about the future when things are actually changing. Editors like being right when they must fill column inches.

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