Elon Musk’s Space X looked into the functioning of the engines of the returning Falcon rocket.
SpaceX tested the engines on the Falcon 9 rocket that had launched from Cape Canaveral on December 21st. Within 10 minutes it was back on the launch pad.
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The static fire test was necessary to prove that the rocket could be reused. The reuse of the rockets could save SpaceX a ton in cash. The test went as per plan. SpaceX plans to launch another rocket soon enough.
Conducted hold-down firing of returned Falcon rocket. Data looks good overall, but engine 9 showed thrust fluctuations.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 16, 2016
The CEO of SpaceX, Elon Musk said that the outer engine of the rocket had malfunctioned. There were wild swings in it. An investigation would be carried out to see whether any dirt had clogged the system of the rocket.
The future of this rocket remains a mystery. It could be shifted to the Kennedy Space Center. Maybe the spacecraft will serve as a museum piece instead of a practical piece of work.
After the takeoff of the $180 million Jason-3 mission, the fate of the Falcon 9 will probably be to make an ocean landing instead of one on the ground. And landing on sea is a very dangerous proposal. The risk factors are almost double that of landing on stable ground level.
Maybe some debris ingestion. Engine data looks ok. Will borescope tonight. This is one of the outer engines.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 16, 2016
The SpaceX admin is anticipating a successful landing on sea level of the rocket. Whether this will be so remains to be seen. The workers and leadership of SpaceX are looking forward to the next launch mission.
So what if failures occur. There is always a brighter tomorrow and SpaceX is not an agency to back down from a challenge. The rockets will be constructed and reused one after the other.
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And so the space journeys will continue without any breaks or rest periods. In the capacity of CEO of the company, Elon Musk tweeted some of information regarding the engine failure of the latest Falcon 9 rocket.