SpaceX Has Problems To Find Cause Of Falcon 9 Explosion

Posted: Jul 14 2015, 1:24pm CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

 
SpaceX Has Problems to Find Cause of Falcon 9 Explosion
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SpaceX founder Elon Musk announced on Twitter early last 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. The announcement is over due. It appears that SpaceX still did not find the cause.

SpaceX is over due with releasing their preliminary conclusions about what caused the explosion of the Falcon9 rocket. Elon Musk promised an answer about the Falcon 9 explosion by end of last week on Twitter on July 5. 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 now Tuesday and SpaceX did not release any updates regarding the failure.

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.

Elon Musk is up front with how big of a problem the explosion is. "Obviously, it's a huge blow to SpaceX," Elon Musk said on July 7 at the International Space Station Research and Development Conference in Boston. "We take these missions incredibly seriously."

Two weeks 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.

Elon Musk is the type of person who is not talking until he has something to say. The silence about this on his Twitter account means that SpaceX engineers are still heads down into the problem and have yet to find a conclusive answer. SpaceX needs a conclusive answer to continue with Falcon 9 missions. Without fixing the cause there is no way to risk another mission.

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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 last Sunday.

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