Static firing of SpaceX reused Falcon Monday clears way for launch Thursday

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SpaceX performed a static fire of a reused Falcon first stage Monday, clearing the way for a launch attempt Thursday.

The first stage fired its nine main engines briefly while on the pad at Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A, part of standard pre-launch preparations for Falcon 9 missions.

The test, previously scheduled for Sunday, allows plans to proceed for a launch attempt Thursday at 6 p.m.Eastern of the SES-10 satellite.

The launch will be the first to use a previously flown first stage, in this case a stage that launched a Dragon cargo spacecraft last April. [Spaceflight Now]


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