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SpaceX conducts static-fire test ahead of its next Falcon 9 launch; a small wildfire near pad

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket - carrying the NROL-76 payload for the NRO - sits on the launch pad April 29 at Launch Complex 39A. The rocket will have to wait at least 24 hours for liftoff after SpaceX scrubbed the launch planned for April 30 due to an issue with a first-stage sensor. Credit: SpaceX

SpaceX conducted a static-fire test Sunday ahead of its next Falcon 9 launch that triggered a small wildfire near the pad.

SpaceX said the test, which took place midday Sunday on Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center, was a success, setting the stage for a launch late Thursday of a Dragon cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station.

Shortly after the test, a small brush fire broke out near the pad, which consumed four acres before being contained later in the day.

It wasn’t immediately clear what caused the fire, which posed no threat to the launch pad or the rocket. [Spaceflight Now]


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