SpaceX founder Elon Musk announced on Twitter earlier this week that there will be a statement by end of the week with the preliminary conclusions regarding the failed ISS supply mission end of June. Where is it?
Elon Musk promised an answer about the Falcon 9 explosion by end of this week on Twitter on July 6. He said: "Expect to reach preliminary conclusions regarding last flight by end of week. Will brief key customers & FAA, then post on our website." It is the end of the week and past noon Pacific. Where is the statement?
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Expect to reach preliminary conclusions regarding last flight by end of week. Will brief key customers & FAA, then post on our website.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 6, 2015
Update: Elon Musk apparently over promised. There is still no update on the cause of the explosion on Saturday.
The failure of the CRS-7 mission is a critical moment in SpaceX history as it could have major implications on future missions. Right now Falcon 9 rocket launches are cancelled until further notice. A week ago, Elon Musk said that the cause of the June 28 rocket explosion is still unknown even after several thousand engineering hours. The last thing he revealed was that the engineers parsing data with a hex editor to recover final milliseconds.
It is natural decision for SpaceX to first inform their key customers on what they found out about the incident. SpaceX needs NASA and their other customers to keep trusting the private space venture.
Meanwhile the LA Times reports that the SpaceX rocket failure cost NASA $110 million in tax payer money. "That’s gone," said William Gerstenmaier, a NASA associate administrator, of the money lost when the SpaceX rocket failed on June 28 far above Florida’s coast.
Space X's Falcon 9 rocket as it lifts off from space launch complex 40 at Cape Canaveral, Florida June 28, 2015. Photo Credit: Getty Images
The Space X Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Dragon cargo spacecraft lifted off from space launch complex 40 at Cape Canaveral, Florida June 28, 2015. The unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded minutes after liftoff. "The vehicle has broken up," said NASA commentator George Diller, after NASA television broadcast images of the white rocket falling to pieces.
A Russian ISS supply mission succeeded on Sunday keeping the stock situation on the ISS in good shape. The Progress spacecraft docked at the ISS on Sunday.
SpaceX has still a couple hours until "End of Week" is officially over.