On Saturday, SpaceX will attempt to launch its Falcon 9 rocket for the first time since a fueling accident on September 1, 2016, which destroyed the booster and its satellite payload on the launch pad. SpaceX had a narrow "instantaneous window" for launch at 9:54 a.m. PDT on Saturday, meaning that if there were any delays they would not be able to launch today. They want to launch their heavy-lift variant of the Falcon, the Falcon Heavy, very soon, and they're scheduled to start using their Dragon capsules to send astronauts into orbit in 2018. The company planned to launch a satellite for European operators SES towards the end of 2016; that launch is now expected to occur sometime this year.
A few minutes after SpaceX launched one if its self-landing Falcon 9 rockets on June 28, 2015, it exploded into a rain of debris over the Atlantic Ocean.
Weather forecaster now predict about a 60 percent chance of favorable conditions at launch time. And considering the razor thin margins SpaceX operates with (which do however, give it an edge in business) the financial impact of losing a Falcon 9 was felt as well.
The return to flight is an important step for SpaceX, a California-based company that has about 70 launches in line, worth more than $10 billion.
Topping the list is reusing the rocket stages like the one the company landed on its drone ship today.
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"Damn! Picture ideal landing rocket on barge".
SpaceX was riding high on a string of near-perfect launches and increasingly successful powered landings with its Falcon rocket family.
"Investigators scoured more than 3,000 channels of video and telemetry data covering a very brief timeline of events - there were just 93 milliseconds from the first sign of anomalous data to the loss of the second stage, followed by loss of the vehicle", said SpaceX.
SpaceX has also lately removed the claims from its website that says the company is profitable and its cash-flow is positive.
SpaceX will broadcast the launch on its YouTube channel. The company has three rocket models - the Falcon 9, the Falcon Heavy, and the Dragon - that it now deploys on contract missions, such as delivering cargo supplied to the International Space Station for NASA. The launch record of the Falcon 9 is very good: out of 28 launches over the past six years, 26 have been totally successful, one was partially (a secondary payload didn't reach the intended orbit), and one was a disaster, the October launchpad explosion.