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SpaceX looks to start flying again in November

Elon Musk's space company anticipates a three-month setback as a result of explosions that destroyed its Falcon 9 rocket earlier this month.


A Falcon 9 rocket stands atop a SpaceX drone barge in the Atlantic Ocean.

Video screenshot by Eric Mack/CNET

SpaceX plans to resume launches in November after explosions from a routine rocket firing this month destroyed its unmanned Falcon 9 rocket and Amos-6 satellite payload.

"We're anticipating...being down for about three months, getting back to flight in the November timeframe," Gwynne Shotwell, president of Elon Musk's private space company, said at a satellite industry conference in Paris.

Reuters reported Tuesday on the plans. Her comments were also posted on YouTube.

The Amos-6 communications satellite, owned by Israeli company Space Communication, cost $200 million. The satellite was leased by Facebook, which was going to use it to beam broadband internet to rural sub-Saharan Africa.