SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket To Return To Flight January 8 From Vandenberg Air Force Base

By  //  January 3, 2017

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ABOVE VIDEO: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded on the pad during a static test firing on Sept. 1, 2016 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Sation. (USLaunchReport video)

SpaceX is planning to return to flight on Sunday, January 8, after a fiery explosion destroyed a Falcon 9 rocket on the pad during a static test firing on Sept. 1, 2016 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Sation’s Space Launch Complex 40.

SpaceX will launch 10 Iridium NEXT satellites into Earth orbit on the company’s Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on January 8 – watch the launch live on Space Coast Daily TV.

A post-accident SpaceX investigation revealed the cause of the Falcon 9 explosion was that one of three composite overwrapped pressure vessels in the second stage tank failed.

The reason was a buckled liner that caused liquid oxygen to build up. The buildup of liquid oxygen, friction, and a spark led to an explosion that destroyed the rocket.

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SpaceX’s investigation scoured 93 milliseconds of video and telemetry data, which was the amount of time between the first signs of trouble and when the second stage exploded and destroyed a satellite owned by Facebook.

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SpaceX is planning to return to flight on Sunday, January 8, after a fiery explosion destroyed a Falcon 9 rocket on the pad during a static test firing on Sept. 1, 2016 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Sation’s Space Launch Complex 40.


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