SpaceX finds source of rocket explosion, plans new launch

Tuesday 03 January 2017 6 months ago 57   Beijing   Print

SpaceX plans to launch 10 satellites for Iridium Communications Inc. on a Falcon 9 rocket.

Report  Web desk : SpaceX plans to resume flights as early as next week after finding the cause of an explosion that destroyed a rocket and satellite on a Florida launch pad in September. The Hawthorne, California-based company is aiming for a Sunday, Jan. 8, flight from Vandenberg Air Force Base, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday. The launch still needs approval by the Federal Aviation Administration. The company said its investigation of the Sept. 1 explosion found that a tank failed within the larger, second-stage liquid oxygen tank. SpaceX plans to launch 10 satellites for Iridium Communications Inc. on a Falcon 9 rocket. The satellites will be used to provide mobile communications on land, sea and air. Iridium says it in a tweet that it is pleased with the announcement of SpaceX and target launch date. SpaceX had said it expected to return to flight as soon as November. But that anticipated launch date slipped back to December, and then January.