As mentioned by a post on NASA’s Twitter account, the SpaceX shuttle suffered an anomaly that caused the explosion.
“The launch failure by itself is not much of an issue”, said Bill Ostrove, analyst at Forecast worldwide Aerospace, in a statement to Forbes.
“I see no reason why SpaceX should be different in the sense that doing this is hard”.
The Coast Guard is working with SpaceX and agencies to monitor debris from the Falcon 9 rocket that exploded Sunday, now floating more than 150 miles off the Florida-Georgia coast. “Once the root cause is identified, we will be able to better determine any changes to future launch dates, including Jason-3”, Larson said. And last October, Orbital Sciences Corp.’s supply ship was destroyed in a launch accident. “Heart-breaking for the men and women who worked on the rocket and its missions”. That Progress vehicle started to spin out of control and eventually re-entered Earth’s atmosphere.
“This is a reminder that spaceflight is an incredible challenge, but we learn from each success and each setback”.
Fortunately, NASA reports that the three crew members aboard the ISS have plenty of supplies to last them several months. Once there, the resupply ship should automatically dock to the Pirs docking compartment of the ISS.
A second resupply mission is set for August 16 using the Japanese rocket Kountori HTV-5 from the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan. After many failed launches which resulted in bankrupting the company, Musk’s SpaceX is now quickly growing to be one of the world’s leading space flight companies.
“This just highlights the heck out of why commercial crew is such a good idea”, Feige told Mashable in an interview. The commercial cargo program was designed to accommodate loss of cargo vehicles.
SpaceX’s Dragon V2 is being built under a separate, $2.6 billion contract with NASA. Boeing and SpaceX were recently awarded contracts under the program, and both CST-100 and the Crew Dragon are in development. This launch was supposed to be the company’s next test for rocket reusability. The company’s president and chief operating officer, Gwynne Shotwell, said she expected the investigation into Sunday’s mishap to take “a number of months”, but not as long as a year.
The failed resupply mission left the astronauts in ISS with only four months of supplies, instead of the usual six.
NASA’s headquarters senior official William Gerstenmaier wants to clarify that no negligence happened, and the incident was purely accident which is why they want to understand what went wrong in order to move forward and avoid the same thing for future flights.
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