SpaceX's static fire test of the v1.2 rocket Falcon 9 scheduled to take place on Wednesday, 16 December in Cape Canaveral, Florida did not take place leaving the launch dates for the first flight of the v1.2 version nowhere in sight.
The first flight of the Falcon 9 had been scheduled for 19 December if the Wednesday static fire had been a success.
Elon Musk, founder of the aerospace company SpaceX, said "I think it's a significantly improved rocket from the last one," during a 15 December talk at the American Geophysical Union's Fall Meeting.
The Falcon 9, this time, had been upgraded with a larger rocket booster, also adding space to carry more fuel. The rocket has been increased to the height of 229.6 feet and is capable of producing up to 1.7 million pounds of thrust, Business Insider reported.
The rocket earlier only had the fuel capacity to reach the International Space Station (ISS), which is closer to Earth than commercial satellites. The upgraded rocket will now be able to return to Earth.
The last launch attempt had ended in failure as the strut was faulty, leading to a chain reaction that destroyed the whole rocket.
Space X is aiming to revolutionise commercial space travel, and has been commissioned to carry 11 satellites of the space telecommunications and monitoring company Orbcomm.
The launch of the 11 satellites was part of Orbcomm's second and final OG2 Mission at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Orbcomm said all 11 OG2 satellites are fueled and stacked on the satellite dispenser and are ready to launch.
The Falcon 9, priced at $61.2 million, has nine first-stage engines, and the two-stage configuration minimizes separation events, claims SpaceX.
TheFalcon 9 was the first commercial aerospace vehicle to enter the International Space Station when it delivered the Dragon spacecraft to the station in 2012.
SpaceX will be attempting a ground landing this time, says Space Flight Insider.