SpaceX Returns To Flight After Explosion, Lands Yet Another Booseter

Posted January 17, 2017

In a statement, SpaceX said it expected to launch a Falcon 9 rocket from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base on January 8 to put 10 satellites into orbit for Iridium Communications Inc.

The satellites were deployed about an hour after launch.

A round of congratulations are in order for SpaceX, as the Elon Musk-led agency successfully returned to flight on Saturday with the launch of a rocket that delivered 10 satellites into orbit, followed by a first stage booster landing atop a drone ship in the Pacific Ocean. The booster was under a routine engine ignition test when its upper stage exploded and caught fire, destroying the vehicle as well as a telecommunications satellite it was carrying at the time.

SpaceX officials say they identified all possible causes of the September 1 accident during prelaunch testing at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, and took corrective action.

The program, called Iridium NEXT, was not only delayed by the SpaceX accident but again most recently as a powerful storm headed into California last weekend.

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SpaceX's effort to recover Falcon first stages is meant to reduce costs by recycling a major piece of the launch system. SpaceX hopes to launch 20 to 24 rockets this year, an aggressive pace given that eight missions were completed in 2016. Chief Executive Officer Musk, has a backlog of more than 70 missions for NASA and commercial customers, worth more than $10 billion.

The project uses coordinated rockets to ferry supplies to the International Space Station.

Moments after the Falcon 9 soared into the sky, the rocket's two sections separated as planned, sending the satellites to orbit and the tall portion, known as the first stage, of the rocket back to Earth. An investigation has been made about the accident by NASA, the FAA and the Air Force, as Fox News reports.

In the short term, SpaceX plans to revamp its fueling procedures so that the super-cold liquid oxygen will not build up between the helium tank's liner and its outer covering, it added.