SpaceX is working very hard to move on from that explosion of one of its Falcon 9 booster rockets last September. Before they jump into new testing, though, prudence dictates that they fully investigate what they’re calling the “anomaly,” and this week, they shared an update on that investigation and future missions.
Update on our anomaly and return to flight path forward https://t.co/15yMaiFMOx
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) December 7, 2016
According to the most recent update, SpaceX is finalizing their investigations on the September 1 anomaly and “are working to complete the final steps necessary to safely and reliably return to flight, now in early January with the launch of Iridium-1.” Aside from this launch, NASA has also recently awarded the company with a unique mission set in 2021.
The dedication to safety is also made very clear, allaying any concerns regarding Elon Musk’s space venture company’s practices: “This allows for additional time to close-out vehicle preparations and complete extended testing to help ensure the highest possible level of mission assurance prior to launch.”
In any case, SpaceX is back on track and ready to launch come the new year.