SpaceX Restores Pad It Damaged in 2016, Enabling More Launches

Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp. will fly its next mission from the Florida complex damaged in a September 2016 blast involving one of its rockets, signaling the site is back in operation and paving the way for a faster launch cadence.

The pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, which had been out of commission since a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded there 15 months ago, is scheduled to resume launches on Dec. 12 with the CRS-13 International Space Station resupply mission for NASA. SpaceX completed a static fire test for the mission on the refurbished pad Wednesday and will use it again in early January for its classified Zuma mission, the company said in a Tweet.

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