Falcon 9 Rocket : SpaceX Plans To Resume Its Launches In November
Weeks after the company's struggle to determine the cause of Falcon 9 rocket's recent explosion on the Cape Canaveral pad, Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) announced on Tuesday that the company aims to resume its Falcon 9 launch in November from an alternate launch site.
SpaceX still continues to sort the endless data related to its September 1 accident, which led to the explosion of its Falcon 9 rocket and the Amos-6 satellite it was carrying while making preparations for a static fire test. Nevertheless, the company announced plans to resume launches as soon as November from either Florida or California.
During a speech given last Tuesday at the World Satellite Business Week meeting in Paris, SpaceX's President Gwynne Shotwell stated the company's anticipations for a return to flight this November likely from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Details of the speech were first reported in the tweets of Peter B. de Selding, bureau chief for Space News.
Lockheed Commercial Launch (Atlas 5) & MHI (H2-A) both say they are working on launch prep to sharply reduce time from contract to launch.
— Peter B. de Selding (@pbdes) September 14, 2016
The company has decided to shift the site to a nearby NASA pad for the next East Coast launch given the repairs that'll be required to launch the complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Station, reports arstechnica. SpaceX is also trying to finish up the work at the launch-pad at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base, Ms. Shotwell however, didn't tell whether the next launch would be from California or Florida.
In a brief interview, NASA chief Charles Bolden said that Mr. Musk has indicated the signs that "the next launch vehicle will be shipped to" the Launch-pad at Florida. As SpaceX uses the Falcon 9 to deliver cargo to the ISS, the last decision about the location of the next launch may also depend on SpaceX balancing the agency's need for supplies in orbit.
Bids for the launch of yet another G.P.S satellite, are due to the Air Force by coming Monday. It remains to be seen if SpaceX's recent fall-back damages its competitive position even if it's offering lower prices than ULA, reports Wall Street Journal.