SpaceX To Launch Another Rocket In Early November Or DecemberBy Emily Marks, UniversityHerald Reporter
SpaceX is expected to launch another rocket at the LC 39A by early November or December. This comes as Elon Musk and his team are investigating the explosion of the Falcon 9 rocket last September.
It was previously reported that SpaceX is still continuing the investigation on the explosion of its Falcon 9 rocket. All angles were examined - even sabotage implications.
There were speculations by Elon Musk and his company that its rival, the United Launch Alliance (ULA), may have something to do with the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blast last September. Apparently, something suspicious happened during the launch and the company's officials wanted to check it out. A SpaceX employee was denied access to ULA's building, though.
Recently, the investigation found that SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket explosion may have been caused by a fueling error. Elon Musk and his company are still waiting for the investigation to be completed with the final conclusions, though, before announcing the details to the public.
Spaceflight Insider reported that, according to SpaceX COO and president Gwynne Shotwell, the company will still be able to conduct as many as two flights before the year ends. There are speculations that Musk's space company will use Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A.
SpaceX has a 20-year lease with NASA for the LC 39A. It is believed that this is where the Falcon 9 will resume its flights.
The publication noted that SpaceX was planning on conducting a launch from the LC 39A on Dec. 17-18. It has not been revealed which mission is supposed to take flight during the next attempts.
"We are continuing to make progress with our anomaly investigation and working to return to flight safely and reliably," a spokesperson of the company told Spaceflight Insider. "We anticipate launching as early as November, but [we] have not announced any specific dates at this time."
Elon Musk's company has stated in an update on its website that the Falcon 9 rocket explosion was caused by a "large breach" in the cryogenic helium system of its second stage liquid oxygen tank. The company is continuing investigation.