1. SpaceX launches may resume Dec 19, 6 months after accident

SpaceX launches may resume Dec 19, 6 months after accident

SpaceX says it's close to launching rockets again six months after an accident.

By: | Washington | Published: December 11, 2015 11:37 AM
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SpaceX says it’s close to launching rockets again six months after an accident. (Reuters)

SpaceX says it’s close to launching rockets again six months after an accident.

Chief executive Elon Musk announced via Twitter today a rocket test-firing for next Wednesday in Florida. A satellite launch for Orbcomm could come three days later on December 19.

SpaceX has been stuck on Earth since June, when a broken strut doomed its Falcon rocket during liftoff. The accident left NASA without a viable US supplier for the International Space Station.

NASA’s other commercial shipper, Orbital ATK, finally made a delivery Wednesday, but had to use another company’s rocket.

SpaceX hopes to resume supply runs next month.

In the meantime, SpaceX will try again to land its first-stage booster, possibly back at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Barge landing attempts have failed.

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