Falcon 9 launch postponed to January 14
SpaceX has postponed a planned Falcon 9 rocket’s liftoff by several days because the launch site in California is expected to experience unfavorable weather conditions, including heavy winds and downpour, over the next few days.
The Elon Musk-led space firm and its launch partner Iridium confirmed on Sunday, Jan. 8, that launch scheduled for Jan. 9th had been pushed back to Jan. 14th due to bad weather.
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has already issued return-to-flight license for the company’s Falcon 9 flights, after the company submitted its investigation report in the the early September explosion of a rocket.
The postponement of the Falcon 9 launch means SpaceX fans would have to wait a little longer to see the rocket’s return to flight since August 2016. The rocket has been stranded since the Sept. 1st explosion that left the rocket and a commercial satellite destroyed during a countdown test.
No individual was injured during that devastating explosion, but it ended up costing the company’s its prized reusable rocket in addition to the Israel’s Amos 6 communication satellite that it was slated to launch into Earth’s orbit.
The Jan. 14th launch is supposed to be the company’s first Falcon 9 launch since August last year, when it successfully sent a rocket carrying a Japanese communications satellite into space.