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SpaceX Fires Up Used Rocket Ahead of Monday Re-Flight (Photo)
By Mike Wall, Space.com Senior Writer |
SpaceX test-fired a previously flown Falcon 9 rocket Thursday (June 15), paving the way for the booster's planned second liftoff on Monday (June 19).
"Static fire test of Falcon 9 complete — targeting June 19 launch of BulgariaSat-1 from historic Pad 39A," SpaceX representatives tweeted today, referring to the pad at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida that once hosted Apollo moon-mission launches and space shuttle liftoffs.
The Falcon 9 is a two-stage vehicle. The first stage of this particular rocket helped power 10 communications satellites to orbit on Jan. 14, then came back down to Earth for a landing on a robotic SpaceX ship in the ocean. [Photos of SpaceX's 1st Reused Rocket Launch (& Landing)]