Engine hotfire test completed for SpaceX’s first launch since explosion
SpaceX failure probe complete; flights to resume Sunday from California
Iridium satellites closed up for launch on Falcon 9 rocket
The first 10 satellites for Iridium’s next-generation mobile voice and data relay network have been fueled, joined with their deployment module and encapsulated inside the clamshell-like nose cone of a SpaceX Falcon 9 booster for launch as soon as next week from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
SpaceX return-to-flight slips to early January
SpaceX sets Dec. 16 for first flight since launch pad explosion
The first 10 satellites in Iridium’s next-generation mobile voice and data network could head into orbit from California as soon as Dec. 16 on SpaceX’s first Falcon 9 flight since a booster exploded on its launch pad at Cape Canaveral in September, grounding the commercial launcher more than three months.
SpaceX hopes procedure fix can allow Falcon 9 launches to resume
Investigators probing the Sept. 1 explosion of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on its launch pad in Florida believe a high-pressure gas tank inside the launcher’s upper stage most likely burst due to the conditions of the helium loaded into it, a finding that could simplify fixes needed before the commercial booster can return to service.