SpaceX Postpones Next Falcon 9 Rocket Launch After Explosion


The next Falcon 9 rocket launch on SpaceX’s schedule has been postponed, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The launch was supposed to deliver NOAA’s Jason-3 Earth observation satellite to orbit, and was scheduled for August 9th.

The announcement comes little more than 24 hours after SpaceX suffered its first mission failure when a Falcon 9 rocket exploded on its way to the International Space Station. Before that, SpaceX had completed 18 consecutive successful launches of its flagship rocket. The postponed Jason-3 launch was also supposed to be the next test of the Falcon 9’s reusability.

A new launch date has not been set, but a NASA spokesperson tells The Verge that the agency is working with NOAA and SpaceX to find a new one. The agencies won’t look for another launch provider while SpaceX conducts its internal review.

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SOURCE: The Verge, Sean O’Kane

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