SpaceX Rocket Will Return To Flight In Early January

Posted: Dec 8 2016, 3:31am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

SpaceX Rocket Will Return to Flight in Early January
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  • SpaceX sets January 2017 as Goal for Return-to-Flight Rocket Launch

SpaceX has set early January in the year 2017 as the goal for resuming a rocket launch.

SpaceX has its eyes set on early January of next year as the time when it will carry out its next launch. This will be the company’s first mission since the fiasco which occurred on September 1st.

It had involved an explosion and a lot of damage both in terms of equipment and financial costs had been incurred by SpaceX. SpaceX’s scores of Falcon 9 rockets had been grounded after that major mishap.

The founder of the company, Elon Musk had previously decided that December of this year would be the ideal time when missions would restart from the SpaceX premises.

Yet now he has chosen January of next year as the target date. 10 spacecraft will be launched into space for the Iridium-1, SpaceX said in a new statement.

The problem is that SpaceX needs to make sure that a mishap like the one that happened in September does not happen again. The investigation into its September 1st disaster is being wrapped up. Some last minute details need to be covered before the launch takes place.

Getting the vehicles ready and testing them for any glitches is what this is all about. Iridium-1 will hopefully take to the skies on schedule if all goes well. The launch will occur from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

The September 1st explosion had taken place ahead of the AMOS-6 communications satellite launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The Falcon 9 rocket went up in smoke along with a $200 million satellite, according to

It was a huge setback and a very heavy loss for SpaceX. The fault has been pinpointed by SpaceX. However, the final report still needs to have its details completed.

SpaceX has faced such setbacks before in its history. In June 2015, a Falcon 9 was blown to smithereens after launch. The accident was due to a faulty steel strut.

Half a year later, a similar rocket launched successfully and so the previous failure was avenged. SpaceX is an agency at the cutting edge of space exploration and research.

It has been heavily investing in reusable rockets which drive the costs of launching stuff into space down to the bare minimum. It is all thanks to the genius of Elon Musk and the hard workers of this organization par excellence.

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