SpaceX launch from California pushed back to Jan. 14

By Ashley Carter, Digital Media Producer
Last Updated: Sunday, January 08, 2017, 1:38 PM EST

SpaceX delayed its return to flight for the Falcon 9 rocket, and is now targeting a Jan.14 launch.

The launch, originally set for Jan. 9, was postponed due high winds and rain in the forecast.

Saturday's launch will be the company’s first in nearly five months.

Last week, SpaceX released the findings of its investigation into a 2016 explosion at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The company concluded that the explosion resulted from buckles in the tanks that contained liquid helium.

A Falcon rocket will carry 10 satellites into orbit for communications company Iridium.

On Thursday, SpaceX fired the rocket’s nine main engines, completing the static fire test.

“With completion of the static fire test, our first launch has just gotten that much closer,” said Iridium CEO Matt Desch, in a statement. “The Iridium team has been anxiously awaiting launch day, and we’re now all the more excited to send those first ten Iridium NEXT satellites into orbit.”

The launch is scheduled for 9:54 a.m. PST (12:54 p.m. ET) from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.