GRAPEVINE, Texas — The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration FAA has issued a launch license to SpaceX for the upcoming return to flight of its Falcon 9, although its planned launch has been delayed by at least one day.
FAA spokesman Hank Price said in a Jan. 6 statement that the agency had reviewed and accepted SpaceX s investigation into its Sept. 1 pad explosion.
That accident destroyed a Falcon 9 rocket being prepared for a static fire test in advance of the launch of the Amos-6 communications satellite.
With the report accepted, FAA then issued the license required for the launch of the first batch of 10 Iridium Next satellites.
"The FAA accepted the investigation report on the Amos-6 mishap and has closed the investigation," Price said.
"SpaceX applied for a license to launch the Iridium Next satellites from Vandenberg Air Force Base.