SpaceX is all set to launch its first flight “Falcon 9” after the September 1 explosion that was occurred on the Cape Carnival launchpad. Recently, the Space Organization led by Elon Musk finally concluded the reason behind the explosion with the help of some federal safety and space agencies.
Initially, the launch was expected on January 8 but later it was slated to January 14. Finally, the day has come and SpaceX is all set to launch its Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 9:54 a.m. (PST) to put 10 Iridium Communications satellites called Iridium NEXT into orbit which will be used to enhance mobile voice and relay capabilities.
To recall, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket was exploded back in September 2016 loaded with Facebook’s internet beaming satellite worth $200 million which was supposed to beam internet in Africa as part of company’s internet.org initiative.
As per the conclusion of the investigation conducted in partnership with federal safety and space agencies including NASA and FAA, one of the three composite overwrapped pressure vessels (COPVs) inside the second stage liquid oxygen (LOX) tank failed causing the ignition and the subsequent failure of the COPV.
According to SpaceX, more than 70 missions worth more than $10 billion are pending and awaiting flights on SpaceX Falcon rockets. A post on Wall Street Journal reads that the space company is aiming to launch 27 rockets this year.
SpaceX has also been hired by NASA to fly cargo to the International Space Station, a $100 billion research laboratory that flies 250 miles (400 km) above Earth.