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Will there be a Static Fire before the Starlink 2-1 launch from Vandenberg?
Answer: yes!
Quote from: September 2 SpaceX tweet
Static fire test of Falcon 9 complete targeting later this month for first West Coast Starlink mission, will announce a target date closer to launch.
B1049.10

Edit September 14 UTC: Successful launch and first stage ASDS landing today.
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Will there be a Static Fire before the launch of Inspiration4?

I expect yes, as part of the preparation for a crewed Dragon flight.  First stage is 1062.3.

Yes, a successful Static Fire in the pre-dawn hours of September 13 EDT.

Edit September 15 evening EDT: Successful launch and ASDS first stage landing.
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Will there be a Static Fire before the Starlink 2-3 Starlink 2-2 launch from Vandenberg?

The identity of the first stage has not yet been announced.  It's 1051.11.

If it is 1049.11, then I expect yes.  As a booster manufactured before 1050, SpaceX seems to static fire it before every launch--standard operating procedure. However, this would require an approximate 1 month turnaround.
Edit: Never mind.  1049 reported leaving California after the Starlink 2-1 recovery.

1063's next and third flight is reserved for DART.
Edit: Or, is it?

If it's yet another booster, transported from elsewhere, then I expect yes to ensure its proper function after said transport.
Edits: 1051 may have arrived at VSFB circa September 1.
I could be wrong about a static fire as a SpaceX SOP after cross-country road transport.

Edit: Launch scheduled for TBD October 17.
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Will there be a Static Fire before the launch of Crew-3?

Yes, as part of the preparation for a crewed Dragon flight.  First stage is 1067.2.

Launch is currently scheduled for October 31.
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Will there be a Static Fire before the launch of Starlink 4-1?

First stage identity is not yet known.  There is a plentitude to choose from.  Launch will be from SLC-40.
Edit Nov 7: It's 1062.4.
Edit Nov 10: Falcon on the pad.

Launch is currently scheduled for November 12.
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Will there be a Static Fire before the launch of DART?

First stage identity is 1063.3.  I assume NASA is paying for a static fire before an interplanetary launch.

Launch is currently scheduled for November 24 UTC.
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Will there be a Static Fire before the launch of Starlink 4-1?

First stage identity is not yet known.  There is a plentitude to choose from.  Launch will be from SLC-40.
Edit Nov 7: It's 1062.4.
Edit Nov 10: Falcon on the pad.

Launch is currently scheduled for November 12.
Yes
Per the Crew-3 webcast, the vehicle for this mission will be doing a static fire tomorrow.
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Will there be a Static Fire before the launch of Starlink 4-1?

First stage identity is not yet known.  There is a plentitude to choose from.  Launch will be from SLC-40.
Edit Nov 7: It's 1062.4.
Edit Nov 10: Falcon on the pad.

Launch is currently scheduled for November 12.
Yes
Per the Crew-3 webcast, the vehicle for this mission will be doing a static fire tomorrow.

Since it's been 4+ months since the last SLC40 flight the static fire maybe as much for the launch team and launch complex as it is for the rocket.
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Will there be a Static Fire before the launch of Starlink 4-1?

First stage identity is not yet known.  There is a plentitude to choose from.  Launch will be from SLC-40.
Edit Nov 7: It's 1062.4.
Edit Nov 10: Falcon on the pad.

Launch is currently scheduled for November 12.
Yes
Per the Crew-3 webcast, the vehicle for this mission will be doing a static fire tomorrow.

Since it's been 4+ months since the last SLC40 flight the static fire maybe as much for the launch team and launch complex as it is for the rocket.

Successful Static Fire circa 12:00 UTC November 11.

Edit November 13: Successful launch and first stage ASDS recovery.
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Will there be a Static Fire before the launch of DART?

First stage identity is 1063.3.  I assume NASA is paying for a static fire before an interplanetary launch.

Launch is currently scheduled for November 24 UTC.
Is there a typical time window between static fire and launch?
I'll be rolling past SLC-4E on the at about 4PM on November 18th.  Any chance of seeing the rocket upright?
I understand (and hope) that we are not that close (0.8mile, 1.25km) during a static fire.

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Will there be a Static Fire before the launch of DART?

Successful Static Fire November 19 morning PST.

Edit November 24 UTC: Successful launch and first stage OCISLY landing.
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Will there be a Static Fire before the launch of Starlink 4-3?

First stage identity is not yet known.  There is a plentitude to choose from.  Launch will be from SLC-40.

Launch is currently scheduled for December 2 1.
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Will there be a Static Fire before the launch of DART?

Successful Static Fire November 19 morning PST.

Edit November 24 UTC: Successful launch and first stage ASDS landing.
Updated: a wildfire started from the flame trench and burned a smallish sizable area before crews could respond.

Looks like no one posted about the wildfire DART's static fire test caused so posting the summary report:



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Will there be a Static Fire before the launch of Starlink 4-3?

First stage identity is not yet known.  There is a plentitude to choose from.  Launch will be from SLC-40.

Launch is currently scheduled for December 2.

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Apparent Successful Static Fire on December 1 evening EST.
It's B1060.9.

Edit Dec 2: Successful launch and first stage landing aboard ASOG.
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Given the continued routine nature of Falcon Static Fires, or not, in recent months...

I suggest that we return to discussing Falcon Static Fires in the individual launch threads, until and unless this splinter thread is needed.

I have done so, starting with the Static Fire for IXPE.
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Is there a list of what missions have conducted static fires or not? If there's not and someone decides to make one, could you include if the payload was attached to the rocket or not.
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I suggest that we should go back to this thread, because it's easier to track the history of static fires without having to dig deep into each launch threads

Successful launch & landing (ASOG) of Falcon 9 Starlink 4-5 with B1062.4 on January 6, no static fire
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Will there be a static fire of Transporter-3?

The booster is B1058.10, and so far no indication of static fire yet. The launch vehicle is already vertical with the payload
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