Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) is preparing to conduct static fire testing of the first and second stages of the Falcon 9 launch vehicle, following the completion of acceptance testing of the stages themselves. The milestone, completed at the company’s McGregor, Texas, test site, moves SpaceX a step closer to launching the Falcon 9 demonstrator at Cape Canaveral, Fla. This has always been ambitiously targeted for sometime before the end of the year, though with the expected ...

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