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In a break from its now-standard practice, SpaceX will not attempt a landing of the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket on its next launch this week, the company confirmed Dec. 19.
A SpaceX spokesperson said that the company is not planning to land the first stage of the Falcon 9 that is launching a fourth set of 10 Iridium Next satellites Dec. 22 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The company carried a successful static fire test of the booster at the pad Dec. 17.
SpaceX offered few details about the decision not to land the booster. “These are case-by-case decisions and are based on mission requirements and the needs of our manifest,” a company spokesperson said in response to a SpaceNews inquiry.
Prior to the company’s statement, there were reports on discussion boards that the Falcon 9 appeared to lack the landing legs and grid fins required for a landing. Matt Desch, chief executive of Iridium, confirmed that was a case in a number of tweets asking about it.
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