SpaceX Edges Closer To Weekend Launch

Hawthorne-based SpaceX is edging closer to a planned launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 this weekend at Vandenberg Air Force based, after successfully loading the Iridium satellite payload to its Falcon 9 on Thursday, according to Iridium. SpaceX's next window for launch of the payload is on Saturday the 14th, at 9:54 a.m. PST. The launch comes after forecasts for rain and high wind--from this week's series of storms in California--moved the launch for an earlier, planned launch date on Monday, January 9th. If successful, the launch will be the first for SpaceX since the explosion of a Falcon 9 at Cape Canaveral last year.