It was definitely a downtime for SpaceX owner Elon Musk and the whole of his company when the Falcon 9 rocket exploded on September 1st in Cape Canaveral. But Musk is firm in taking things where he left them off and continue. SpaceX will be back on its track on January. How sure will they be that no more explosions in the launch pad?
It was both devastating and frustrating for all those involved in the prelaunch test of the Falcon 9 and even those who are in support of these test launches and space missions. However, this unfortunate event for the SpaceX team only tested their determination to actually launch something to space. After all the controversies that surround the investigation of the Falcon 9 explosion, SpaceX is all ready to launch again.
Elon Musk had earlier stated that they were eyeing for a mid-December return mission for SpaceX. Although prior plans suggested a December 16th mission for the Iridium-1 launch, Musk and the Iridium company saw that there were still a lot of things to prepare, reports Space.com. So as a result, they have decided to postpone the re-launch on January of the coming year.
According to the public statement released last December 7th, their teams are doing the best they can to find the root of the cause of the explosion. And they have been extra careful so as not to encounter the same fate to their return flight mission. These times are allowing them to complete the extended testing they could do and finalize other essential preparations for the launch, SpaceNews reports.
SpaceX is actually lucky to have Iridium Communications to still rely on their launching services even after the Falcon 9 scandal. Iridium is entrusting their 10 Iridium telecom satellites to SpaceX for a low-Earth orbit delivery. Iridium’s management believes that SpaceX and Elon Musk’s administration is still worth the risk and that they remain to be confident on SpaceX’s ability to launch their satellites at the most postive potential.
These Iridium satellites belong to the first batch in a series of satellite launches between SpaceX and Iridium. There are 72 satellites in the $492 million contract, which explains the need for a really thorough preparation needed. Meanwhile, Musk is confident that the September explosion is an isolated case and will not speak for the future launches of SpaceX.