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SpaceX eyes Jan. 8 return to satellite launches after finishing explosion investigation

SpaceX eyes Jan. 8 return to satellite launches after finishing explosion investigation

SpaceX is now targeting Jan. 8 for its return to flight after completing its investigation of a September launch pad explosion that destroyed a Falcon 9 rocket and a commercial communications satellite.

Pending approval from the Federal Aviation Administration, the Hawthorne space company plans to launch 10 satellites on one Falcon 9 rocket for Iridium Communications Inc. from Vandenberg Air Force Base. The satellites will be part of Iridium’s new satellite constellation to provide mobile communications capabilities on land and on ships and airplanes.

On Monday, Iridium tweeted that it was “pleased with SpaceX’s announcement and targeted launch...

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