What To Know Ahead Of Elon Musk's SpaceX Monday Announcement

Posted: Jul 20 2015, 2:44am CDT | by , Updated: Jul 20 2015, 2:21pm CDT , in Technology News


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What to Know ahead of Elon Musk's SpaceX Monday Announcement
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Today at noon PDT, Elon Musk will discuss the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket explosion.

Update: Elon Musk says failing Strut is cause of Falcon 9 explosion.

"Obviously, it's a huge blow to SpaceX," said Elon Musk, CEO and CTO of SpaceX a week after the Falcon 9 rocket of mission CRS-7 exploded.

Elon Musk July 7

Elon Musk, CEO and CTO of SpaceX, CEO and product architect of Tesla Motors, and chairman of SolarCity, attends the Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference on July 7, 2015 in Sun Valley, Idaho. Photo Credit: Getty Images

Today at noon Elon Musk will discuss the rocket explosion according to a tweet he posted Friday.

The Falcon 9 explosion update comes at a delay of over a week. Initially the update was set by Musk to be made latest by July 10.

So far SpaceX only stated that an overpressure event in the upper stage liquid oxygen tank approximately 139 seconds into flight caused the Falcon 9 explosion.

The video below shows the explosion of the Falcon 9 (2:20min) on June 28.

SpaceX engineers have been analyzing 3,000 channels of telemetry data received from the space vehicle. Parsing the data with a hex editor to recover the final milliseconds of the flight proofed to be a time consuming undertaking. If the process lead to a result will be revealed today in the SpaceX event.

By that time SpaceX customers and partners including NASA will already have been briefed. This could lead to leaks ahead of the SpaceX media call. The call with journalists is scheduled as a 30 minute phone conference.

SpaceX has been founded in 2002 by Musk. It is the only private company ever to return a spacecraft from low-Earth orbit, which it first accomplished in December 2010. SpaceX hit another milestone in May 2012 when its Dragon spacecraft attached to the International Space Station.

SpaceX next big goal is to transport astronauts into space. The Crew Dragon is competing in the NASA's Commercial Crew Program. The Falcon 9 explosion is putting SpaceX at a big disadvantage right now against Boeing.

Elon Musk needs to be able to pin point the cause of the Falcon 9 explosion exactly and make sure that the failure can't happen again to move forward with Dragon missions.

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