SpaceX plans to resume rocket launches in November, two months after a launch pad accident caused a Falcon 9 rocket to explode and destroyed a $200 million communications satellite owned by Space Communication, Reuters reported Tuesday.
The space services company has said a second launch site at NASA‘S Kennedy Space Center in Florida would be ready to accommodate a launch by November, Irene Klotz writes.
The report said SpaceX will launch a Falcon 9 rocket from the Kennedy site and not the new 27-engine Falcon Heavy rocket as originally planned.
A Falcon 9 rocket that was supposed to carry SpaceCom’s Amos-6 satellite was destroyed before undergoing a static fire test and routine prelaunch activities at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
The company has suspended all Falcon 9 flights as it conducts an investigation on the cause of the explosion with the help of NASA, the U.S. Air Force and the Federal Aviation Administration.