Mark your calendars: SpaceX plans to launch another Falcon 9 rocket in December

spacex eyes relaunch of falcon 9 rocket in december falcon9launch4
SpaceX
After experiencing a massive setback last June, Elon Musk’s aerospace manufacturing company SpaceX says its plans on relaunching a reconstructed Falcon 9 this December. Though barely six months will have passed since the prior launch’s failures, a SpaceX spokesperson says the company has already completed construction of a new-and-improved rocket — this time outfitted with redesigned support struts capable of withstanding the immense pressure of a launch. If you don’t recall, it was a faulty support strut which led to the untimely demise of the company’s last rocket.

Since the Falcon 9’s fiery failure a few months ago, SpaceX has been hard at work developing and experimenting with new tech that will make potential manned missions safer. In addition to outfitting the new and improved rocket with stronger brackets and struts, the company’s Vice President of Mission and Launch Operations, Lee Rosen, says the upcoming rocket will be the most powerful Falcon 9 ever launched.

“Things are coming along nicely with the upgraded version of the vehicle and we’re prepared to get back at this,” says Rosen. “We believe in the next six to eight weeks we’ll be able to return to flight.”

For December’s launch, SpaceX plans to outfit the Falcon 9 with a communications satellite for Luxembourg’s SES S.A. and also intends to prep the first stage of its rocket for yet another ocean landing attempt. Earlier this year, SpaceX attempted this same feat twice, but failed on both attempts. However, the idea is that if these landings prove successful, the company then has the ability to refurbish and relaunch landed rockets, drastically reducing future launch costs. On this next attempt, the Falcon 9’s upgraded power and fuel capacity will give it an even better shot.

Falcon 9 attempting to land on a drone ship
Falcon 9 attempting to land on a drone ship SpaceX

Though whether or not December’s launch will be a success is anybody’s guess at this point, achieving a successful launch is paramount for SpaceX to continue its reign as the world’s premiere private space company. But despite these uncertainties, company executives remain optimistic that the new-and-improved Falcon 9 could be the one that makes history.

Product Review

From water cooling to a supercapacitor, the Galaxy Note 9 overflows with tech

The Galaxy Note 9 is here, and it’s jaw-dropping how much tech Samsung has outfitted inside this phone -- granted, it’s one of Samsung’s largest phones ever thanks to its 6.4-inch screen. Here’s our Note 9 hands-on impressions.
Mobile

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs. Huawei P20 Pro: Two high-end phones clash

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is here and it's a big, beautiful beast of a smartphone. But today's market is demanding -- does the Note 9 measure up to other flagships? We pitted it against the Huawei P20 Pro to find out.
Mobile

Galaxy Note 9's screen scores highest-ever rating on display tests

The Galaxy Note 9 is here, and it's Samsung's most powerful phone to date, with an updated processor, and a brand-new S Pen, and much more. Here's absolutely everything you need to know about the Galaxy Note 9.
Photography

Photo FOMO: Leica Elpro turns plain lenses into macro, Fujifilm Fest returns

In this week's photo industry news, Leica launches a way to turn plain lenses into macro lenses. Artificial Intelligence keeps growing with new uses with Getty Images and the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 camera.
Emerging Tech

The Perseid meteor shower peaks this weekend! Here’s how to watch

Thanks to a new moon, 2018's Perseid Meteor Shower will be much easier to view, with even the dimmest meteors observable by the naked eye. Here's how to see the show this weekend, and where the views will be the best.
Emerging Tech

Don’t get burned! How to back crowdfunding projects the smart way

In the world of crowdfunding, there’s no such thing as a sure thing. There's a million reasons why a project might fail. But with this handy guide, you'll be able to spot the signs of a sketchy project and decrease your chances of getting…
Emerging Tech

‘Rogue medicine in a bathtub’: 4 experts on the vice and virtue of pharma hacking

A biohacker, pharmahacker, and two bioethicists walk into a bar. We ordered them a metaphorical round and had a chat about the risks and rewards of DIY medicine — from unsanctioned gene therapy to medication made on the kitchen counter.
Emerging Tech

Stanford A.I. can realistically score computer animations just by watching them

Researchers at Stanford University have developed a computer system that’s able to synthesize realistic sounds for 3D animation, based entirely on its knowledge about the physical world.
Emerging Tech

No keyboard? No problem. Masterkey will project you a virtual one to type on

Miss having a physical keyboard when you're out and about? Wish you could have a mobile display bigger than your smartphone can offer? Masterkey 4.0 is a wireless projector that promises to help.
Cars

You don’t need to go autonomous to make trucking safer

Long haul truckers are very good at their jobs, but they face long hours and unpredictable conditions. Autonomous tech may be coming, but here’s how lidar technology companies are working to enhance trucking safety today.
Emerging Tech

Be a master of your own ever-changing ‘galaxy’ with this kinetic wall art

Art Machine is a stunning work of kinetic art that looks like a continuously swirling galaxy or turbulent weather formation viewed through a ship's porthole. Check it out in all its glory.
Emerging Tech

Omega Centauri hosts 10 million stars and probably not an ounce of life

Omega Centauri is about 16,000 light years away, making it visible to the naked eye. And it contains some 10 million stars, making it the largest globular cluster in the Milky Way. But it probably doesn't have an ounce of life.
Emerging Tech

The world’s first practical quantum computer has cash and a timeline

The dream of building a practical quantum computer could be closer than ever, thanks to a $15 million grant from the National Science Foundation to seven universities around the United States.
Emerging Tech

Forget flying cars: This shoe-tying robot is proof that the future is here

Engineering students from the University of California, Davis, recently built a robot whose sole personality in life is to tie shoelaces. It cost them under $600 to do it as well!