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    Today (Thursday) they did a wet dress rehearsal; loaded propellants and did a simulated countdown. Something tripped the sequence computer and prevented a static firing of the engines. Calling it a day, resetting for the next static fire attempt tomorrow (Friday.)

    Test window: 1000 to 1600 ET (1500 to 2100 UTC)
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    AmericaSpace‏ @AmericaSpace
    Trusted anonymous source has confirmed to AmericaSpace #FalconHeavy test fire now NET Monday, targeting T-0 at 4pm EST. 45th Wx Squadron has also been informed.
    https://twitter.com/AmericaSpace/sta...10250336591872
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    Doing more fuelling tests & checking a hold down clamp.

    Spaceflight Now @SpaceflightNow
    The engine test firing for the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket has slipped until Tuesday, with the opening of the window set for 4pm (2100 GMT): https://spaceflightnow.com/2018/01/0...-preparations/
    8:38 PM - Jan 14, 2018
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    Static fire postponed to Friday at 1500 Eastern, 2000 UT, while they work some gremlins.

    Atlas V launches Thursday.
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    Todays Atlas V SBIRS GEO Flight 4 launch scrubbed due to a LOX fill/drain valve problem. Rescheduled to Friday, bumping the FH static fire. Waiting for a new date & time.
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    @EmreKelly
    SpaceX #FalconHeavy status update: As suspected, test fire at pad 39A has moved to Saturday; six-hour window opens at 1445 ET (1945 UTC).

    ULA, meanwhile, targeting 1948 ET (0048 UTC) tonight for #AtlasV launch with #SBIRS from nearby LC 41.

    https://twitter.com/EmreKelly/status/954321496872235008
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    Spaceflight Now
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    SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy static fire test at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center is now expected no earlier than Monday. https://spaceflightnow.com/2018/01/0...-preparations/
    4:03 PM - Jan 19, 2018
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    Wet Dress Rehersal tonight, prepping for the static fire.

    @SpaceFlightNow
    Vapors from cryogenic propellants are visible at launch pad 39A this evening, suggesting a fueling test is underway on SpaceXs Falcon Heavy rocket. https://t.co/1Xj8TMDHP7https://t.co/Fdbnx5METf

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    /sigh

    Greg Pallone ✔ @gpallone13
    NO LAUNCHES: per @45thSpaceWing key members of civilian workforce are removed due to govt shutdown. 45th cannot support @SpaceX commerical static fire tests @NASAKennedy or launch operations @MyNews13
    11:43 AM - Jan 21, 2018
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    Wet Dress Rehersal Wednesday Jan. 24, with a static fire if all goes well.

    Window: 1200-1800 Eastern

    Scheduled for a 12 second burn of all 27 Merlin 1D engines; 5.13 million lb/ft (22,819 kN)
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    Michael Sheetz ✔ @thesheetztweetz
    Falcon Heavy static fire planned for tomorrow (1/24) at noon ET with a 6 hour window.

    KSC source says that SpaceX is targeting February 6 for the launch, if the static fire goes well.
    7:50 PM - Jan 23, 2018
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    Chris G - NSF @ChrisG_NSF
    #FalconHeavy static fire update. Right now, everything appears on track for fueling of the Falcon Heavy & an attempt to static fire the heavy lift rocket in a window of 12:00-18:00 EST (17:00-23:00 UTC). Treat this like a fueling test. Only if comfortable will they static fire.
    7:48 AM - Jan 24, 2018
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    Won't be at the start of the window

    https://twitter.com/ChrisG_NSF/statu...85407389077504

    Chris G - NSF @ChrisG_NSF
    Good morning from the Kennedy Space Center where #FalconHeavy is getting ready for a static fire attempt between 12:00-18:00 EST (17:00-23:00 UTC). I will live stream the static fire from this account. Live stream will go live once confirmation of fueling is underway
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    Won't be at the start of the window

    https://twitter.com/ChrisG_NSF/statu...85407389077504

    Chris G - NSF @ChrisG_NSF
    Good morning from the Kennedy Space Center where #FalconHeavy is getting ready for a static fire attempt between 12:00-18:00 EST (17:00-23:00 UTC). I will live stream the static fire from this account. Live stream will go live once confirmation of fueling is underway
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    Chris G - NSF @ChrisG_NSF
    Couple of loud vents of ground support equipment heard here over the last five minutes. A sign that... something is happening. #FalconHeavy
    11:22 AM - Jan 24, 2018
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