December 10, 2015

Spacex scheduled to return to flight on December 19

SpaceX could return its Falcon 9 rocket to flight as soon as next week, a mission that would close out Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's 2015 launch campaign.

CEO Elon Musk on Thursday said the company was "aiming" to test-fire a Falcon 9's main engines on Wednesday at Launch Complex 40, then launch "about three days later."

The potential Dec. 19 launch would be SpaceX's first since a Falcon 9 broke apart about two minutes into a June 28 launch of International Space Station cargo, a failure blamed so far on a strut in the rocket's upper-stage oxidizer tank.

Orbcomm Inc., whose 11 OG2 satellites will ride to low Earth orbit on the upcoming launch, said the liftoff would occur between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Orbcomm CEO Marc Eisenberg on Wednesday reported that the satellites were fueled, attached to their dispensers and waiting for SpaceX to confirm a launch date.







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