Falcon 9 rocket launch from restored launch pad rescheduled

Last Updated: Monday, December 11, 2017, 11:15 PM EST

SpaceX will try to launch a Falcon 9 rocket on Wednesday, Dec. 13 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station for the first time in over a year.

The launch was delayed to allow for additional time for pre-launch ground systems checks.

  • Falcon 9 rocket launch delayed until Dec. 13
  • Launch time no earlier than 11:24 a.m. EST
  • Rocket to carry supplies to the ISS
  • On land landing, sonic booms expected
  • RELATED: Rocket launch schedule

NASA and Space X say they are targeting a launch time no earlier than 11:24 a.m. EST for their 13th commercial resupply services mission.

It was initially set for 11:46 a.m. Tuesday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Space Launch Complex 40 -- the same pad where a SpaceX rocket exploded in September 2016.

SpaceX spent $50 million to rebuild the launch pad, burying support equipment and fuel lines under concrete to provide better protection.

The rocket will carry some 5,000 pounds of food, gear and experiments to the International Space Station.

The rocket is recycled from a previous mission -- it was last used in June. The Dragon capsule that will be carried on the rocket will also be recycled. This capsule first flew in 2015.

SpaceX is working to drive down launch costs because the company eventually wants to send thousands of people into space, and reusability will be key to making that work.

The first stage of the rocket is also expected to land after the launch back at Cape Canaveral. Since the landing will be on land, sonic booms may be possible for residents in Brevard, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia counties.

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