SpaceX Finally Explains Why Its Rocket Exploded In September
And the company, which has implemented a temporary fix, plans to launch its next rocket as early as Jan. 8.LEARN MORE
The company wants to eventually get to Mars, so it's planning quite a few launches until then to make some money.
SpaceX is back. On Saturday, it launched a rocket for the first time since September, but it has a lot of ground to make up.
"Every launch is a nerve-wracking, emotional — significant emotional event," SpaceX's Gwynne Shotwell said. "I think this flight will be a little more nerve-wracking than normal."
The successful launch was the first of seven that will carry a constellation of communication satellites. SpaceX plans to ferry the rest to orbit over as little as 14 months with regular flights.
It might be strange to call a rocket company "plucky," especially one that gets government contracts and wants to eventually send people to Mars. But right now it's a good fit.
SpaceX only made half its planned launches in 2015. It made eight of 20 in 2016. But it has plans for 27 this year. By 2019, it wants to be lofting one rocket a week.
That speed makes sense when you look at the 70-plus launches in the company's cramped backlog and the need for profits. Mars expeditions aren't going to fund themselves.
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