A new launch pad is set to enter service for SpaceX at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center next week, allowing SpaceX to launch rockets at its fastest rate since 2010, Reuters reported.
SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell told Reuters they plan to launch missions using its Falcon 9 rockets every two or three weeks.
This comes after SpaceX’s return to flight on 14 January, complete with a drone ship landing, following the failure of one of its rockets during a pre-launch test.
While test firing the Falcon 9 rocket on 1 September, it exploded, taking its payload with it – a Spacecom satellite which Facebook was going to use to provide Internet access to areas in Africa – and damaging the launch pad.
Shotwell told Reuters that repairs to the launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station are underway, and should cost less than half of a new launch pad – which is about $100 million.