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The first launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 after its explosion is set for December 19th! The return to flight of the reengineered rocket will carry a payload of relay satellites into orbit–its first flight since its dramatic June launch failure.


Almost six months ago, the rocket exploded due to a weak strut leading to a cascading failure. It has been reengineered to prevent similar failures in the future. Depending on approvals, this may also be SpaceX’s first attempt to land their Falcon 9 booster on land at Cape Canaveral instead of on a barge.

We’ll be watching as the launch date gets closer.

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