WASHINGTON (JAN 03, 2017): American aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (aka SpaceX) has said that it has identified the cause of a launchpad explosion that destroyed a satellite in September and is ready to start launches again.
The company discontinued its launch operations after an unmanned Falcon 9 rocket exploded in Cape Canaveral, destroying a satellite that Facebook planned to use to beam high-speed internet to Africa.
In a statement today, the California-based company said it had traced the problem to a pressure vessel in the second-stage liquid oxygen tank.
“It will change the way it fuels for now, and in the future will redesign its pressure vessels,” it said.
The statement further said that the company hopes to launch 10 Iridium NEXT communications satellites from a base in California this week.
However, the Federal Aviation Administration is yet to approve the conclusions of the SpaceX investigation of the September failure.