SpaceX test-fired a Falcon 9 rocket at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Saturday in preparation for liftoff Sunday with the company’s next batch of 53 Starlink internet satellites. Test-firings on the launch pad were once a customary part of every SpaceX launch campaign, but the company is phasing out the static fire tests for most missions as the Falcon 9 launch cadence has ramped up to an average of one flight per week
SpaceX’s 32nd launch of 2022 broke the company’s record for most Falcon 9 rocket flights in a calendar year, and cut in half the shortest turnaround time between two Falcon 9 launches from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. Liftoff of the Falcon 9 rocket with 46 more Starlink internet satellites occurred Friday at 10:39 a.m. PDT (1:39 p.m. EDT; 1739 GMT). A launch attempt Thursday was scrubbed with less than a minute remaining in the countdown.