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SpaceX Plans To Return 'Falcon9' To Space On Jan. 8

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SpaceX is ready to return to space later in January, the company announced on tuesday. In September, one of the company's Falcon 9 rockets exploded on the launch pad, and it halted launches while the cause of that explosion was investigation.
According to SpaceX, the investigation it undertook along with Federal Aviation Administration, the U.S. Air Force, NASA and the National Transportation Safety Board concluded that the most likely cause of the explosion was a failure of a pressure vessel within the rocket's liquid oxygen tank. Having identified this, the company said in a statement that it's begun a series of actions to "address all credible causes and focus on changes which avoid the conditions that led to these credible causes." In the short term, this involves making changes to the pressure vessel configurations, but in the long term will involve design changes to the Falcon 9.
With the potential issue with the rocket identified, SpaceX plans to launch on Jan. 8 from the Vandenberg Air Force Base's Space Launch Complex. The payload for the launch will be satellites for the Iridium NEXT constellation, which provides broadband and mobile services for Iridium's customers.
Once the Falcon 9 successfully launches in January, the company intends to resume its regularly scheduled launches. culled
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