SpaceX has had a pretty good week, the company has finally been able to achieve the aim that it has long been working towards, and things are looking even better for next month when it’s likely to achieve yet another aim. The company was supposed to launch the Jason-3 this summer but it couldn’t due to some complications, it looks like SpaceX will finally be able to launch the Jason-3 next month.
Jason-3 is a NOAA satellite which will enable the agency to track ocean levels and aid in predicting a cyclone’s intensity. The launch got shelved due to the loss of a Falcon 9 rocket earlier this year, it exploded seconds after lifting off, forcing SpaceX to cancel all future launches until the matter was resolved.
NASA has provided some updates on the situation, it has revealed that launch preparations are now underway at the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California for the launch of the Jason-3. The next milestone is mating the first stage booster to the second stage, it’s scheduled for December 28th.
The spacecraft will then be encapsulated into the payload fairing on January 9th and will subsequently mated to the rocket’s second stage on January 12th. Jason-3 launch is now scheduled for January 17th, 2016.