SpaceX is all ready to launch Falcon 9 rocket after getting a clean chit from Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). However, the bad weather and heavy rain’s anticipation pushed the date further away. Elon Musk’s company announced that the date of the launch, what was supposed to be today, that is January 9th, has been shifted to January 14th for 10 Iridium NEXT satellites. If the conditions won’t be suitable then too, then the next date is decided to be 15th Jan.
The Iridium Next system will provide global voice and data replay services with its new satellites, replacing its old satellites.
The company clearly wants to make sure that everything is right before they launch their first rocket in four months, after the mishap that took place on September 1 of Amos 6 in Florida during the testing of the rockets. The explosion cost the company a great amount as Falcon 9 and Amos 6, the satellite that was supposed to be used by Facebook to get connected from parts of Africa, were completely destroyed and Cape Canaveral’s launch pad was damaged. All the lined up projects of SpaceX were put on hold until the cause was known and many companies backed off from working with SpaceX.
The investigation was carried out by officials from the FAA, the US Air Force, Nasa and the National Transportation Safety Board to find out the reason behind such massive explosion. According to the report that is handed to FAA by investigators in the beginning of January, the team found buckles in the composite overwrapped pressure vessels (COPVs) and stated that “Although buckles were not shown to burst a COPV on their own, investigators concluded that super-chilled liquid oxygen can pool in these buckles under the overwrap. When pressurized, oxygen pooled in this buckle can become trapped; in turn, breaking fibers or friction can ignite the oxygen in the overwrap, causing the COPV to fail”.
Pre-flight test has already been conducted on Thursday, the investments on the iridium next satellites in approximated to be $3 billion. Iridium CEO Matt Desch, on Monday tweeted – “Bad weather the cause. Anti-rain dances didn’t work – oh well. Cal needs rain?” He also stated that they are anxiously waiting for the launch day and are excited to send the first 10 Iridium satellites into orbit. The launch will now take place on 14th from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 9:54:34 am PST.