In Wake of Explosion, SpaceX Ready to Ride Again

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 2, 2017 1:51 PM CST
In this May 27, 2016 photo made available by SpaceX, their Falcon rocket booster lands on a platform in the Atlantic Ocean after launching a satellite into orbit.   (SpaceX via AP)
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(Newser) – Just months after an explosion at Cape Canaveral took out one of SpaceX's Falcon rockets—along with Facebook's Internet.org satellite—as both underwent routine launch preparations, SpaceX says it's now ready to launch again on Sunday, reports the Wall Street Journal. The greenlight follows what Elon Musk says was the most robust internal investigation in the company's near decade and a half in existence, one which "identified several credible causes" for the failure of a helium container; it further claims that "corrective actions address all credible causes." The next launch, pending testing, is set for Sunday morning at Vandenburg Air Force Base in California; Iridium Communications plans to launch its next-generation satellites. SpaceX, which also lost a rocket 14 months before the September explosion, has a $10 billion backlog of contracts to launch. (Read more SpaceX stories.)

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