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Falcon 9 clears static fire test before launch this week | Spaceflight Now

SpaceX’s launch team in Cape Canaveral fueled a Falcon 9 rocket with super-chilled liquid propellants and briefly fired the first stage’s nine Merlin engines Monday in a customary preflight test ahead of Wednesday’s scheduled liftoff of a commercial television broadcasting satellite for the Asia-Pacific.

Ground crews rolled the 229-foot-tall Falcon 9 rocket out of its hangar at Cape Canaveral’s Complex 40 launch pad and raised it vertical early Monday, then ran the launcher through a series of tests before pumping super-cold liquid oxygen and RP-1 — a refined grade of kerosene — into the two-stage vehicle.

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