SpaceX rocket set for next flight as company boosts production

By REUTERS
February 9, 2016 04:38

 
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CAPE CANAVERAL- Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, will attempt its second launch of the year this month, as it ramps up production of its Falcon 9 rockets to handle more than $8 billion of business for NASA and commercial companies, officials said.

The next SpaceX launch is scheduled for Feb. 24, its customer, SES SA, a Luxembourg-based satellite communications operator, said on Monday.

"SpaceX is currently completing an extended series of testing and pre-flight validation," SES said in a statement.

The rocket will be carrying the 11,700-pound (5,300-kg) Boeing-built SES-9 communications satellite.

SpaceX declined to comment on the launch. But the Hawthorne, California-based company, owned and operated by technology entrepreneur Elon Musk, has said it hopes to fire off more than a dozen Falcon 9 rockets this year, as well as debut a new heavy-lift booster and a third launch US launch pad.

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