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SpaceX Planning Sunday Falcon 9 Launch After Test |

WASHINGTON — SpaceX has tentatively scheduled the launch of its first Falcon 9 mission since a June failure for Dec. 20 after completing a static-fire test of the vehicle on the launch pad late Dec. 18.

SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk reported on Twitter shortly after 7 p.m. Eastern that the company had completed a brief test fire of the rocket’s nine main engines on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral.

“Static fire test looks good,” Musk wrote. “Pending data review, will aim to launch Sunday.” If the Dec. 20 launch date is confirmed, the launch would take place during an instantaneous window at 8:29 p.m. Eastern. A backup launch date of Dec. 22 is also available.

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