SpaceX to Begin Launching Rockets in November

Earlier this month, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket exploded at Cape Canaveral prior to a planned launch. But they’re not taking the setback lying down, as the company has just announced that they plan to start firing their rockets again in just a couple of months. 

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“We’re anticipating getting back to flight, being down for about three months, and then back to flight in November, the November timeframe,” said SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell at a meeting for World Satellite Business Week yesterday (via Gizmodo). “We’ll launch on the east coast from pad 39A in that timeframe, and then Vandenberg will be available for our customers.”

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The explosion, which saw the destruction of both the rocket and its payload–a private satellite partially owned by Facebook that would have brought home internet to Africa, the Middle East, and Europe–set many of SpaceX’s missions off-schedule, including the first flight of the Falcon 9 Heavy and the first re-flight of a Falcon 9 rocket, as part of Elon Musk’s reusable rocket plan. 

But now, they’re aiming to get back on track. The Falcon 9 Heavy launch has been delayed until next year, but there’s no word on the Falcon 9 re-flight, so there’s a chance that it will be the planned November flight. Hopefully the company will catch up on their ambitious schedule before the planned mission to Mars in 2018.