SpaceX will return to scene of its last explosion in December

SpaceX will fly its next mission to the International Space Station in December from launchpad SLC-40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, marking the first flight from the pad since a Falcon 9 rocket exploded there in September 2016. The private spaceflight company will use a previously used Dragon spacecraft for this flight, too, one that first flew on the sixth commercial resupply mission for NASA, CRS-6, back in April 2015. This will be the second time SpaceX has reused a Dragon ship; the first was earlier this summer.

The rocket that blew up at SLC-40 last year was being loaded with fuel for a pre-flight test when it erupted in flames on the launchpad. The explosion grounded the company’s spaceflight activities for almost five months. In the meantime, SpaceX determined the cause of the explosion, was cleared by the FAA to return to flight, and has since launched 15 successful missions across 2017.

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