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Video | SpaceX president anticipates November return to flight

PARIS — SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell said Sept. 13 that Falcon 9 could return to flight this year, although SpaceX has yet to determine what caused the Sept. 1 explosion. “We’re anticipating getting back to flight, being down for about three months, so getting back to flight November, the November timeframe,” Shotwell said during a launch service providers panel discussion at the World Satellite Business Week Conference here.

Falcon 9 exploded on its Cape Canaveral launch pad while the rocket was being loaded with liquid oxygen in preparation for a static fire test SpaceX routinely conducts in the lead up to a launch — in this case, a Sept. 3 launch of the Amos-6 communications satellite. The explosion destroyed Falcon 9 and it’s satellite payload and damaged the launch pad.

Brian Berger is editor in chief of and the SpaceNews magazine. He joined in 1998, spending his first decade with the publication covering NASA. His reporting on the 2003 Space Shuttle Columbia accident was...