​Next SpaceX launch looks set for December 16

Iridium Communications says the launch is pending FAA approval.

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Elon Musk's SpaceX looks like it may be back on track to launch soon, according to Iridium Communications, a manufacturer of satellites.

A liftoff date for 10 of Iridium's next-generation satellites is planned for December 16 at 12:36 p.m. PT, via a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, pending approval by the Federal Aviation Administration. The news first came via a tweet sent from Iridium's account.

SpaceX launches have been suspended since September 1, after a test launch failed in a massive explosion. Investigations concluded that the explosion was caused by a fueling problem.

In a statement to Reuters, Iridium spokesperson Diane Hockenberry confirmed the plans. "We are confident that SpaceX understands its fueling process now and will do it successfully for our launch," she said.

Approval of the launch by the FAA hasn't been confirmed yet. SpaceX did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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