SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch Is Set For Dec. 20 Says Elon Musk

Posted: Dec 19 2015, 1:35pm CST | by , Updated: Dec 20 2015, 1:07pm CST, in News | Latest Science News

SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch Is Set for Dec. 20 Says Elon Musk

Depending Data review of the static fire test, SpaceX will launch a Falcon 9 rocket on Sunday.

SpaceX is set to launch again a Falcon 9 rocket after the last one exploded after launch back in June. The cause of the explosion was a failing strut that was holding down the helium tank.

Update 2: Watch the SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch in Live Video Online.

Update: Elon Musk further confirms that Sunday's launch is likely. He said on Twitter: "Currently looking good for a Sunday night (~8pm local) attempted orbital launch and rocket landing at Cape Canaveral."

Now SpaceX is ready to try again launching a Falcon 9 rocket. The Falcon 9 is vertical at Cape Canaveral, Florida and passed a static fire test. Elon Musk said on Twitter that if the data from the test is not showing any anomaly the launch of Falcon 9 is on Dec. 20.

Falcon 9's task is to bring Orbcomm satellites into space. The Falcon 9 is loaded with 11 OG2 satellites. Orbcomm operates a satellite network dedicated to M2M (Machine-to-Machine)

Based on the last information, the Falcon 9 launch window is between 8pm and 9pm ET.

This is an important launch for Elon Musk's SpaceX. It is always very difficult to come back from a failure. It would be a disaster for the private space venture if this Falcon 9 blows up as well.

Falcon 9 Vertical

Falcon 9 is a two-stage rocket designed and manufactured by SpaceX for the transport of satellites and the Dragon spacecraft into orbit. The rocket is 70m tall and has a diameter of 3.7m. It weighs over 541 tons. The payload to Geosynchronous orbit is close to 5 tons and to low earth orbit the rocket can carry over a 13 ton payload.

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