SpaceX Readies for First Launch Since Falcon 9 Explosion

Rocket scheduled to launch next week will carry Iridium Next communications satellites.

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket
SpaceX plans to launch a Falcon 9 rocket carrying Iridium Next satellites into Earth's orbit next week.SpaceX

Update: High winds and rain at Vandenberg Air Force Base caused SpaceX to cancel Monday's mission, according to Iridium. The launch is now scheduled for January 14 at 9:54 a.m. PST.

After completing its investigation into the explosion of a Falcon 9 rocket in September, it appears SpaceX is ready to resume launches.

The private commercial space company stated earlier this week that it had found and corrected the problem that led to the explosion and would launch another rocket Sunday, but the launch reportedly has been delayed one day. Satellite communications company Iridium, whose Next satellites will be carried into orbit by the Falcon 9 rocket, confirmed the launch is scheduled for 10:22 a.m. PST.

SpaceX's investigation found the September 1 explosion in Cape Canaveral, Florida, came from a problem with helium tanks in the rocket's second stage, a detailed explanation of which can be found here.

In a tweet Thursday night, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk stated pre-launch tests of the rocket had been completed and the launch was scheduled for next week.

The Falcon 9 rocket will carry 10 Iridium Next satellites into orbit as part of a constellation that will bring faster data speeds to business aviation.

This time the rocket will be launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.