SpaceX Delays Launch Of Upgraded Falcon 9

Posted: Sep 1 2015, 5:47am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

SpaceX Delays Launch of Upgraded Falcon 9
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  • SpaceX Delays Upgraded Falcon 9 Rocket Launch for 'Couple More Months'

SpaceX Falcon 9 upgraded version's first launch is still a couple of months away.

It is a case of returning to flight conditions. SpaceX and its Advanced Falcon 9 Rocket will launch in a few month’s time. And this time around it will be a sleeker and more streamlined version of the rocket. Its performance will be tops too.

Addressing at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ Space 2015 conference, the company’s president spoke on various matters. One of these was how after its June fiasco, the rocket had been rehauled and revamped. Now, it was a completely new entity that would work like magic in the harsh conditions of space.

“Our next flight will be both the return to flight and the first flight of the upgraded vehicle,” Gwynne Shotwell said. “So whenever people ask me what keeps me up at night, it’s getting ready for that flight.”

The upgraded rocket will be returning to its missions into outer space. The upgrade to the Falcon 9 v1.1 is the v1.2. Among some of the marvelous improvements may be included greater force.

This will increase the impetus by a full 30%. The launch date was originally set for September. That was before the June breakdown. Now the launching point in time has been put off for a couple of months.

Before the failure, an SES-9 satellite was due to fly high as well. The failure was probably due to a worn-out strut. It ensconsced a helium bottle inside a container holding propellant fluid. It was a leakage of helium that causes the ensuing conflagration.

The issue with machinery has been dealt with. But all other potential problems are being taken into consideration too. Once bitten, twice shy is the way it is with SpaceX. The engineers have checked the nuts and bolts of the vehicle very carefully.

No stone has been left unturned in maintenance and management. Of course, there is the resultant procrastination in the date of the launch. But such things happens and besides it is better to be safe than sorry. The CEO of SpaceX, Elon Musk is overseeing the whole process.

“What we wanted to do was to take advantage of the lessons that we learned from that particular failure and make sure we’re not seeing something like that anywhere throughout the vehicle,” Gwynne said.

The amount of time being taken to fix the faults is slightly more than usual. It is all being done to make sure that everything is in tiptop condition. “It’s taking more time than we originally envisioned to get back to flight,” she acknowledged. “We’re a couple of months away from the next flight.”

The staff at SpaceX is confident that the Falcon 9 Rocket will launch in a smooth manner this time around. And they feel sure that it will also land as gently as possible. The landing will be on the earth or on a spot in the ocean.

SpaceX lives up to its name of sending out probes and spacecraft into the empyrean heights above. And with such a dynamic leader as Elon Musk seeing to it that everything goes right, you just cannot go wrong!

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