flight readiness firing

flight readiness firing

A missile system test of short duration conducted with the propulsion system operating while the missile is secured to the launcher. Such a test is performed to determine the readiness of the missile system and launch facilities prior to flight test.
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Having thoroughly proven the system under actual launch conditions, we can now move forward with high confidence toward our flight readiness firing test," said Mark Wilkins, Delta IV chief engineer.
We've now put all the pieces together and we're excited as we move to the flight readiness firing.