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Static Fire Test Sets Stage for Next Falcon 9 Launch and Landing Attempt |

WASHINGTON — SpaceX performed a successful static fire test of its Falcon 9 rocket late Jan. 11, clearing the way for the launch of an ocean science satellite, and another first stage landing attempt, this weekend.

SpaceX carried out the static fire test, a standard part of the company’s pre-launch preparations, at 8:35 p.m. Eastern at Space Launch Complex 4 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Preliminary data from the seven-second test “looks good,” the company said in a tweet.

A successful test will allow preparations to continue for the Jan. 17 launch of Jason-3, a joint U.S.-French mission to measure ocean surface conditions. The spacecraft, already encapsulated within its payload fairing, will be installed on the rocket as soon as Jan. 12 according to NASA, which procured the launch.

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