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Falcon 9 rocket may return to flight in mid-December

December 02, 2016, 6:22 UTC+3 WASHINGTON
The launch, tentatively scheduled for 12:36 p.m. PST (23:36 Moscow time), is yet to be approved by the Federal Aviation Administration
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WASHINGTON, December 2. /TASS/. The Falcon 9 heavy rocket may blast off from a launch pad in California on December 16 for the first launch since a launchpad explosion in September, Iridium Communications said.

"Launching from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, the Falcon 9 rocket will deliver 10 Iridium NEXT satellites into low-earth orbit," the company said in a statement.

The launch, tentatively scheduled for 12:36 p.m. PST (23:36 Moscow time), is yet to be approved by the Federal Aviation Administration.

On September 1, an explosion rocked the SpaceX launch site in Florida during a routine test start of the Falcon 9 engines, destroying the rocket and its payload. The test was conducted two days before the scheduled blastoff to take an Israeli satellite, Amos-6, into orbit.

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