The Falcon 9 launched on Sunday was carrying food and supplies to the global Space Station (ISS).
A self-destruct command was sent from the ground to the ill-fated SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that exploded minutes after launching from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
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.
NASA has contracted SpaceX for sending supplies to the worldwide Space Station and about 20 commercial and other satellite operators.
“That includes food and water that can sustain them until at least October”, Redfern said.
The cause of the SpaceX explosion has not yet been determined. “Yet when it comes to space travel, rockets fly only once-even though the rocket itself represents the majority of launch cost ( http://www.spacex.com/news/2015/06/24/why-and-how-landing-rockets )”.
“It isn’t critical that they make the exact dates – there is some flexibility in our overall launch plans”, added Iridium spokeswoman Diane Hockenberry. “The choice of Soyuz rockets is a proof of high competitiveness of Russian rocket and space hardware”. That resupply mission now looms as a potential turning point for the space station’s fortunes.
He said the problem did not appear to be with the Falcon 9’s design because the rocket had already flown 18 times. If SpaceX is now forced to devote more resources to its fundamental launch business and away from R&D, Orbital and other incumbents would gain more time to develop their own version of these technologies.
Nelson said the SpaceX explosion yielded some valuable information about the falling space capsule. In October, United States company Orbital’s Antares rocket exploded after launch from Virginia, and in April, Russian Federation lost contact with its Progress cargo ship shortly after liftoff.
SpaceX’s Falcon rocket is supposed to be different because it wants to reuse the expensive booster by landing it precisely onto a barge in the Atlantic ocean. They basically designed a device to measure the effects micro-gravity at the worldwide Space Station would have on antibiotics.
Sunday’s unmanned launch was carrying 4,000 pounds of supplies, including a new docking port, to the space station. 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. NOAA planned to launch the Jason-3 mission on August 8 with SpaceX. The setbacks could also lead to extra launches under the existing deal, which could help investors get a firmer feel for 2017 earnings.
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