Elon Musk May Lose Inmarsat Launch Order Due To SpaceX Explosion

Posted: Nov 3 2016, 11:51am CDT | by , in Latest Science News

Elon Musk May Lose Inmarsat Launch Order due to SpaceX Explosion
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  • Inmarsat Deal may be Called off due to Recent SpaceX Explosion

The Inmarsat deal may be called off due to the recent SpaceX explosion. It seems that Elon Musk will have to pay a steep price for the glitch which caused the conflagration on the rocket.

The staff and administration of SpaceX are busy investigating the September 1st explosion which destroyed a Falcon 9 rocket. The site was Cape Canaveral in Florida. Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, wants to take his space agency back into running the business around the place within a year’s time.

Yet such a scenario hardly seems likely. Many of the clientele of SpaceX are rather fed up with SpaceX’s constant blunders. They are now looking elsewhere for their deals. Their turning away from SpaceX is causing heavy losses to the company.

Take the case of Inmarsat, which is a British satellite communications company. It was one of the main clients of SpaceX. Their satellite was due to be launched this year. Yet the explosion on September 1st has thrown a spanner into the works.

The launch of the fourth satellite of Inmarsat which is a part of its Global Xpress series has been put on hold. The I-5 F4 has been put off till next year. In fact, the firm is considering other options which lie before it. It is a case of anything but SpaceX.

In an interview, the CEO of Inmarsat said that a satellite that was to be launched next year may have its schedule delayed. It will most probably be shifted to another launch rocket.

The purpose of this satellite is to provide high-speed wireless internet to airlines that fly in European airspace. The alternatives before Inmarsat are many. It will choose the best instead of relying on SpaceX. This is a great blow to Elon Musk’s ego.

The explosion that occurred on September 1st was a costly one. An Israeli satellite worth millions of dollars was destroyed in the explosion. The satellite was supposed to supply Facebook access via Internet to all of the region known as Sub-Saharan Africa.

After the explosion, SpaceX suspended all operations and began the extensive investigation into the whole matter. However, all is not lost.

If SpaceX pulls itself up by its bootstraps and regains the trust and confidence of its clientele, Inmarsat may even go along with its earlier contract and allow SpaceX to launch its satellite. All we can do for now is wait and see what happens in the near future.

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