Falcon 9 Launch Delayed: On Sunday, the private space firm called SpaceX said that due to bad weather the plan to resume the Falcon 9 rocket flights was postponed until January 14, 2017. The private space firm had planned a launch of 10 Iridium Next communications satellites on Monday. The launch was due to happen from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. On Twitter, the private space company said, “Launch moving due to high winds and rains at Vandenberg. Other range conflicts this week results in next available launch date being January 14th.”
Last year on September 1, one of the satellites that would beam high-speed net to Africa was destroyed due to the explosion. This was an unmanned Falcon 9 from SpaceX that exploded in Cape Canaveral. The satellite that was destroyed in the SpaceX Falcon 9 explosion would be used by Facebook for getting high-speed internet to the continent. This was a major setback for the founder and the company who thought of revolutionising launching industry. The founder Elon Musk wanted to make the rocket components reusable.
Private Firm SpaceX Resumes Falcon 9 Launches to January 14 which was delayed due to Bad Weather
The private space firm SpaceX was founded in the year 2002. This was reportedly the second such huge accident explosion since the company was founded. Earlier too in the year 2015 a similar explosion happened which destroyed a capsule meant for the International Space Station. This Falcon 9 rocket explosion happens more than a year later after destroying the Dragon Cargo Capsule. However earlier the space firm SpaceX successfully logged 18 Falcon 9 launches. Out of these launches, SpaceX sent a dozen planned supply missions to the International Space Station. This was part of the space firm’s $1.6 billion contracts with National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). There was a total of 18 successful Falcon 9 launches by SpaceX.
Before postponing the date to mid-January, the space firm SpaceX had earlier hoped to resume the Falcon 9 flights in November last year. Then the space company said it would be mid-December. Now finally the date was set as January 14, 2017.