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Elon Musk's SpaceX to Resume Launches as Soon as Sunday

Elon Musk's SpaceX to Resume Launches as Soon as Sunday

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk (AP)

By    |   Monday, 02 January 2017 03:41 PM

Elon Musk's SpaceX has discovered the reason for a September 1 rocket explosion and plans to resume launches as soon as Sunday, The Washington Post reports.

SpaceX's statement on Monday said the blast occurred when a second-stage liquid oxygen tank buckled and supercooled liquid oxygen pooled in the lining. SpaceX said it will change the way it loads fuel and eventually intends to alter the design of the pressure vessels to prevent buckling.

The company is confident that federal agencies will approve its solutions to the problem and that it will soon receive permission to launch, even though the Federal Aviation Administration has not yet done so.

If SpaceX does indeed successfully return to normal activities, its turnaround time since the accident would be unprecedented and would help return confidence to its clients waiting to launch, according to TechCrunch.

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket exploded while being fueled on a Cape Canaveral pad ahead of an engine test firing. The explosion caused no deaths or injuries, but it caused extensive damage, including the loss of a commercial satellite.

It was a major setback for SpaceX, which has a backlog of commercial satellite launches, especially since the accident was the company's second failure in less than two years and prompted concerns about its ability to fly safely and reliably.

CBS News reported that SpaceX plans to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base near Los Angeles, as its Cape Canaveral complex was heavily damaged in the explosion.

The company plans to use a launch pad at the nearby Kennedy Space Center for its next Falcon 9 flight from Florida.

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