SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launch delayed once more
SpaceX delayed the launch of the Falcon 9 rocket once more due to high winds and rain in California.
SpaceX‘s first rocket launch since August, scheduled on January 9, has been pushed back to January 14, at 12:54PM ET, due to rain and heavy winds that are expected near the launch site in California this week.
— Iridium Corporate (@IridiumComm) January 8, 2017
According to CNBC, the FAA announced on Friday that it had accepted SpaceX’s explanation for what caused one of the company’s Falcon 9 rockets to explode on a Florida launch pad.
— Iridium Corporate (@IridiumComm) January 6, 2017
SpaceX had suspended flights after the same model rocket went up in a blaze on September 1 while being fueled for a routine pre-launch test in Florida.
The explosion at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida destroyed the $62 million rocket and a $200 million communications satellite.
The company statement said that accident investigators concluded that a canister of helium inside the rocket’s upper-stage oxygen tank had exploded.
“SpaceX applied for a license to launch the Iridium NEXT satellites from Vandenberg Air Force Base. The FAA has granted a license for that purpose,” the FAA said in an email statement to The Verge on Friday.
SpaceX wants to return to spaceflight by launching 10 satellites for communications company Iridium, as part of the Iridium NEXT mission. After the flight, SpaceX will try to land the majority of its rocket on one of its drone ships in the Pacific Ocean.